N'importe quoi = Nonsense, anything (indefinite pronouns)

N'importe quoi is a very peculiar expression in French.

N'importe quoi  = "anything"

The original meaning of n'importe quoi is "anything", but it's not the most common use of it.

Pour toi, je ferais n'importe quoi!For you, I would do anything!
 

 

(main meaning) N'importe quoi  = "nonsense"

It is most commonly used to express a lack of understanding at a situation. It is actually closer to "nonsense".

It is a very difficult expression to translate to English, as it can be translated differently depending on the context. 

Regarde-le! Il fait n'importe quoi!Look at him! He's being silly / He doesn't know what he's doing! 

Pfff! N'importe quoi!          Pfff! Nonsense!

Tu dis n'importe quoi!You're talking nonsense / You don't make sense!

Note that 'n'importe quoi' is a very common expression.

 

See also the related lesson: Autre chose / quelque chose d'autre = Something else (indefinite pronouns)

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Pour toi, je ferais n'importe quoi!For you, I would do anything!
Tu dis n'importe quoi!You're talking nonsense / You don't make sense!
Pfff! N'importe quoi!          Pfff! Nonsense!
Regarde-le! Il fait n'importe quoi!Look at him! He's being silly / He doesn't know what he's doing! 
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