- lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
- empty; void.
- something that is empty or void, especially the void of infinite space.
Origin of inane
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Examples from the Web for inane
And they would, it seems, nominate any movie—no matter how inane—to get those big-name butts in the seats.The Golden Globes Sobers Up (Sort Of): Years of Ridicule and Bribery Rumors Scares HFPA Straight
December 11, 2014
And beware the perky morning anchors with their inane questions (Aretha Franklin).Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
Inane and disturbing hashtags have been lobbed by those often far removed from the rocket fire.Is Twitter Trolling Making the Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse?
July 22, 2014
“X-men Origins: Wolverine” featured a pharmaceutical plot twist so inane it was almost awesome.Scandal’s Finale Featured One of the Most Preposterous TV Deaths Ever
April 19, 2014
I find those to be the most inane, irritating things one could imagine.How I Write: James McBride, The New National Book Award Winner For Fiction
December 4, 2013
“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</p>
Suppose each one of us were to be haunted by his own inane utterances?Humorous Ghost Stories
Most of all, he was angry with himself because of his inane sheepishness when she was about.The Octopus
Whenever a man "turns over a new leaf" he has this inane giggle to face.Mental Efficiency
- senseless, unimaginative, or empty; unintelligentinane remarks
Word Origin and History for inane
"silly, empty-headed," 1819, earlier "empty" (1660s), a back-formation from inanity. Related: Inanely.