ennui ennui  /ɛ ˈnu i/


  • (n) the feeling of being bored by something tedious



  1. The trendiest neighborhoods in Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei are filled with disaffected kids playing hooky, their ennui relieved by designer drugs and designer shopping.
  2. French and Italian cafes ditched the handmade espresso years ago for automation and don't seem to have suffered ennui because of it.


  • Can Tao Lin see the future?

    Tao Lin offers up an ultra-self-involved, defiantly and egregiously boring story about a social-media compulsive who leads an idle life of passive urban blankness. Tao Lin's new novel, "Taipei," is more obviously autobiographical than previous efforts — about a young, male, Asian American New York urbanite and social-media compulsive paralyzed by a robot-ennui style of depression.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "Missoula. Shack breakfast, check. Record Heaven, check. Tangerine sorbet from Big Dipper, check. Mild ennui, check," Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy wrote on his Twitter.
    on May 26, 2009 By: Colin Meloy Source: Paste Magazine

  2. "Ennui on the Rideau," Fotheringham called it.
    on May 9, 2007 By: Allan Fotheringham Source: Ottawa Citizen (registration)

  3. "The man who knows nothing of ennui," wrote the Romanian philosopher EM Cioran in A Short History of Decay, "is still in the world's childhood."
    on May 8, 2010 By: EM Cioran Source: Independent

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /