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inane Syllabification: in·ane
Pronunciation: /iˈnān/

Definition of inane in English:


Silly; stupid: don’t constantly badger people with inane questions
More example sentences
  • I bet you made up that whole stupid, inane, poorly written story about Ben Franklin and the seance.
  • I try to be as stupid and inane as possible about serious subjects, like a bloke in a pub.
  • Granted, the ‘how many times a day do you think about it’ question is completely inane.


Pronunciation: /iˈnānlē/
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • This is from Latin inanis ‘empty, vain’. The sense ‘silly, senseless’ dates from the beginning of the 19th century.

Words that rhyme with inane

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