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[in-er] /ˈɪn ər/
situated within or farther within; interior:
an inner door.
more intimate, private, or secret:
the inner workings of the organization.
of or relating to the mind or spirit; mental; spiritual:
the inner life.
not obvious; hidden or obscure:
an inner meaning.
Origin of inner
before 900; Middle English; Old English innera, comparative based on the adv. inne within, inside; see inmost, -er4
Related forms
innerly, adverb, adjective
innerness, noun Unabridged
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  • Non-whites were left with high-rise blocks and private rental units in the inner city, which at the time were less desirable.
  • Each of us has a rich inner mental life, one that seems inaccessible to everyone else.
  • The low inner hedges are sculpted from boxwood, while the perimeter hedge is arborvitae.
  • The damage it could cause our inner-office relationship would be irreconcilable.
  • With tongs, set inner lid on top of jar rim, then the outer ring.
  • The hair follicle consists of two coats-an outer or dermic, and an inner or epidermic.
  • When turning meat, avoid piercing with fork or skewer, which allows the inner juices to escape.
  • Originally the punishment for the violation of a taboo was probably left to an inner, automatic arrangement.
  • When the unnerved scientists gathered the fragments, they noticed that the bone now revealed the inner ear.
  • The effect is a stunning first notice, a rhythmic horizontal read and then a deep plunge into the painting's inner structure.
British Dictionary definitions for inner


adjective (prenominal)
being or located further inside: an inner room
happening or occurring inside: inner movement
relating to the soul, mind, spirit, etc: inner feelings
more profound or obscure; less apparent: the inner meaning
exclusive or private: inner regions of the party
(chem) (of a compound) having a cyclic structure formed or apparently formed by reaction of one functional group in a molecule with another group in the same molecule: an inner ester
(archery) Also called red
  1. the red innermost ring on a target
  2. a shot which hits this ring
Derived Forms
innerly, adverb
innerness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inner

c.1400, from Old English inra, comp. of inne (adv.) "inside" (see in). Cf. Old High German innaro, German inner. An unusual evolution for a comparative, it has not been used with than since Middle English. Inner tube in the pneumatic tire sense is from 1894. Inner city, in reference to poverty and crime, is attested from 1968.

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