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[as-uh-nahyn] /ˈæs əˌnaɪn/
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
1600-10; < Latin asinīnus, equivalent to asin(us) ass1 + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
asininely, adverb
[as-uh-nin-i-tee] /ˌæs əˈnɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • What an asinine act, this pouring of poison into the stomach to cure a malady of the soul!

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Why can not you keep quiet, instead of making your asinine remarks?

  • It was the first time I had presented myself at a strange hotel without my asinine credentials.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • These equine and asinine glories have passed away, extinguished by the rail.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
  • If you had an idea that I am the type of man to use as the butt for a silly, asinine jest, I'll teach you to think differently.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
British Dictionary definitions for asinine


obstinate or stupid
resembling an ass
Derived Forms
asininely, adverb
asininity (ˌæsɪˈnɪnɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin asinīnus, from asinusass1
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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.

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