That is all, and it sometimes makes the poor red man appear to be the vainer of the two, which is a great injustice.
Was not life becoming to him vainer and still vainer every day?
They forget Indulge not in vain regrets for the past, in vainer resolves for the future—act, act in the present.
If I were vainer, I should rejoice at what you say of my diamond.
He was not vainer than any man has a right to be, but he had expected that Rosemary West would say yes.
Vain and vainer than ever now that he was straying towards the external clouds.
It was impossible to be vainer, more irascible, more quarrelsome, petulant or excitable than he.
"Oh, Alfred, no; I only said no vainer," cried Julia in dismay.
The truth which would have long been clear to an older or a vainer man, flashed upon him suddenly.
And it were vainer to argue with a hound on a runway, or with the west wind in October, than with me.
c.1300, "devoid of real value, idle, unprofitable," from Old French vein "worthless," from Latin vanus "idle, empty," from PIE *wa-no-, from root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out" (cf. Old English wanian "to lessen," wan "deficient;" Old Norse vanta "to lack;" Latin vacare "to be empty," vastus "empty, waste;" Avestan va- "lack," Persian vang "empty, poor;" Sanskrit una- "deficient"). Meaning "conceited" first recorded 1690s, from earlier sense of "silly, idle, foolish" (late 14c.). Phrase in vain "to no effect" (c.1300, after Latin in vanum) preserves the original sense. Related: Vainly.