(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. absurdity, senselessness, silliness, trash, foolishness.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Matter that has no meaning]
Syn. balderdash, rubbish, twaddle, trash, gobbledygook, drivel, scribble, scrawl, inanity, senselessness, babble, palaver, buncombe, idle chatter, pretense, prattle, blather, nonsensicalness, rant, bombast, claptrap, bull*, baloney*, trash*, gas*, tripe*, hooey*, soft soap*, bunk*, rant*, poppycock*, mumbo jumbo*, gab*, twaddle*, garbage*, rubbish*, hogwash*, rot*, hot air*.
2. [Frivolous behavior]
Syn. unsteadiness, flightiness, thoughtlessness, fickleness, foolishness, fatuousness, giddiness, rashness, infatuation, extravagance, imprudence, irrationality, madness, senselessness, inconsistency, shallowness; see also stupidity 2 .
Ant. consideration*, steadiness, thoughtfulness.
3. [Pure fun]
Syn. antics, absurdity, jest, joke, monkeybusiness; see also fun .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. silliness foolishness, absurdity, poppycock, folly, balderdash, rot, twaddle, drivel, blather, prattle, moonshine, *monkeyshines, *hooey, *baloney, *bunk, *applesauce, *crock, *crap, *malarkey, *hog-wash.
2. triviality garbage, trash, junk, gimcrackery, trifle.
ANT.: 1. sense, logic, wisdom, sound thinking
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Unintelligible or foolish talk: babble, blather, blatherskite, double talk, gabble, gibberish, jabber, jabberwocky, jargon, prate, prattle, twaddle. See WORDS. 2. Something that does not have or make sense: balderdash, blather, bunkum, claptrap, drivel, garbage, idiocy, piffle, poppycock, rigmarole, rubbish, tomfoolery, trash, twaddle. Informal: tommyrot. Slang: applesauce, baloney, bilge, bull1, bunk2, crap, hooey, malarkey. See KNOWLEDGE. 3. Foolish behavior: absurdity, folly, foolery, foolishness, idiocy, imbecility, insanity, lunacy, madness, preposterousness, senselessness, silliness, tomfoolery, zamness. Informal: craziness. See ABILITY. 4. Something or things that are unimportant: fiddle-faddle, frippery, frivolity, froth, minutia, small change, small potatoes, trifle, trivia, triviality. See IMPORTANT, SURFACE.

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