Definition of inane in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪˈneɪn


Lacking sense or meaning; silly: don’t badger people with inane questions
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  • He kept coming out with moronic and inane comments.
  • How foolish and childish and inane to think, and pray and hope, that all would justly right itself.
  • It is Charles's job to appear in front of the cameras, grin and bear it and answer sometimes unbearably inane questions with whatever panache he can muster.
British informal divvy
Scottish & Northern English informal glaikit
North American informal dumb-ass
South African informal dof


mid 16th century: from Latin inanis 'empty, vain'.



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  • For some reason, this suddenly struck me as extremely funny, and I nearly burst out giggling inanely right there.
  • I know what some of you are thinking: ‘Oh, he's far too serious, and all he does is waffle on inanely, without providing any decent links to interesting sites around the net.’
  • Often I just nod inanely and mutter’ fine’ even when I am less than impressed.


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  • Technique is a helpful ally, but if you lean a little too heavily on computer graphics and other catch gizmos, they blind a viewer with inaneness.
  • I would question you further, to demonstrate the inaneness of your comment, but I deem it unworthy of my time.


Pronunciation: /-ˈanɪti/
noun (plural inanities)
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  • It's the one thing the films have always suffered with, but in Episode 3 the dialogue sinks to new depths of inanity and nonsense.
  • Plus, it'd be a waste of my time to mention all the stupid inanities floating through his head.
  • The whole point was that everyone in the office was too worn down by the drudgery and inanity of their jobs to challenge Brent's horrifying misogyny and other casual cruelties.

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