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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
First recorded in 1655-65, inane is from the Latin word inānis
Related forms
inanely, adverb
Synonyms
1. pointless. See foolish.
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Examples from the Web for inane
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  • “Yes, quite well,” replied he, ignoring the inane effort at jest.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • Next week I shall devour them and think them, no doubt, inane.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • Suppose each one of us were to be haunted by his own inane utterances?

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • Most of all, he was angry with himself because of his inane sheepishness when she was about.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Whenever a man "turns over a new leaf" he has this inane giggle to face.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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