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[ih-neyn] /ɪˈneɪn/
lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly:
inane questions.
empty; void.
something that is empty or void, especially the void of infinite space.
Origin of inane
1655-65; < Latin inānis
Related forms
inanely, adverb
1. pointless. See foolish. Unabridged
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  • All the special effects in the world would not have made up for the inane plot and forced acting.
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  • All she brought to the table were her inane drinking comments.
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  • And the lyrics, as you can see, are both inane and obscene.
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  • They are typically stale from overuse, usually wordy, often vague and occasionally inane.
  • Some questions give away the answer and others are simply inane.
  • For example, electronic media relay all kinds of information: valuable as well as inane, reliable as well as unsubstantiated.
British Dictionary definitions for inane


senseless, unimaginative, or empty; unintelligent: inane remarks
Derived Forms
inanely, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inānis empty
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Word Origin and History for inane

"silly, empty-headed," 1819, earlier "empty" (1660s), a back-formation from inanity. Related: Inanely.

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