- foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid: It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements.
- of or like an ass: asinine obstinacy; asinine features.
Origin of asinine
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Examples from the Web for asinine
Is Olivia Pope an “Angry Black Woman,” as one asinine TV critic suggests?‘Scandal’ Review: Olivia Pope Has Lost Her Damn Mind
September 26, 2014
That we find so hallowed and important, but also so asinine and silly?Breaking: The Oscars Might Not Suck This Year
February 27, 2014
She hypnotized Cory with her free spirit, freer hair, and asinine name, coaxing him out of his shell and into love with her.‘Boy Meets World’ Turns 20: The Silly Show We Can’t Help but Love
September 24, 2013
Asinine comments like this leave the President looking like the only mature kid in town.See Ya, Randian Romney!
November 15, 2012
Funny how the ones deemed “geniuses” always act the most asinine in relationships.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
September 11, 2011
Meddling with wildcat stocks––asinine any way you figure it!The Gorgeous Girl
That's what I am—an undeserving, ungrateful, irresponsible, and asinine pup!Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
Without delay I began the preparations for the asinine journey.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck
R. Pitcher Woodward
Why can not you keep quiet, instead of making your asinine remarks?
These equine and asinine glories have passed away, extinguished by the rail.Lancashire Folk-lore
- obstinate or stupid
- resembling an ass
Word Origin and History for asinine
c.1600, "obstinate, stupid," from Latin asininus "stupid," literally "like an ass," from asinus "ass," also "dolt, blockhead" (see ass (n.1)). The literal sense in English is recorded from 1620s.