AskDefine | Define inane

Dictionary Definition

inane adj : complacently or inanely foolish [syn: asinine, fatuous, mindless, vacuous]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From inanis.

Pronunciation

  • /ɪneɪn/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪn

Adjective

  1. Lacking sense or meaning; silly.
    This supremely gifted kid told me that in the early elementary grades, the songs sung in music class were so inane that he wanted to skip grades already! Eventually he did, so better late than never.

Derived terms

Translations

lacking sense or meaning

Spanish

Etymology

From inanis.

Adjective

  1. inane; pointless

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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