November 15, 2016
- ennui (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction : boredom
- How do you use it?
- Kelly decided that the additional challenge of taking an extra course was better than the ennui she'd felt when she had two study periods a day.
- Are you a word wiz?
From which language do you think English borrowed the word "ennui"?No reason for dissatisfaction if you picked answer B. "Ennui" comes from French, having derived from two words in Old French (the French spoken from the 9th to 16th centuries): "enui," meaning "annoyance," and "enuier," meaning "to vex." The French words trace even further back to Late Latin "inodiare," "to make loathsome." English borrowed "ennui" from the French in the early 1700s to refer to that unpleasant feeling of having absolutely, positively nothing to do.