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inane

[ih-neyn] /ɪˈneɪn/
adjective
1.
lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly:
inane questions.
2.
empty; void.
noun
3.
something that is empty or void, especially the void of infinite space.
Origin of inane
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin inānis
Related forms
inanely, adverb
Synonyms
1. pointless. See foolish.
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  • inane, empty, said of an anther which produces no pollen, &c.

  • Next week I shall devour them and think them, no doubt, inane.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • "And this inane rubbish is of that sort," concluded young Lalout.

    Lord Tony's Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Most of all, he was angry with himself because of his inane sheepishness when she was about.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Why have inane answers to inane, timorous questions transformed earth into paradise and mortals into angels?

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for inane

inane

/ɪˈneɪn/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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

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