Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [uncountable] nonsense pronunciation in American English /ˈnɑnˌsens/ nonsense pronunciation in American English /ˈnɑnsens/

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    ideas, behavior, or statements that are not true or sensible

    So you believe the nonsense about ghosts?

    it is nonsense to do something:

    It is nonsense to say that they're not paid enough.

    it is nonsense for someone to do something:

    It is nonsense for her to say you're not qualified.

    absolute/utter/complete/total nonsense:

    These accusations are absolute nonsense.

    a lot of nonsense:

    That's a lot of nonsense.

    talk nonsense:

    I think he was talking nonsense!

  2. 2
    unreasonable or annoying behavior

    Come on, no nonsense. Put that coat on and don't argue.

    not put up with/take (any) nonsense:

    I don't put up with any nonsense from anybody.



a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog