asinine

[ as-uh-nahyn ]
/ ˈæs əˌnaɪn /

adjective

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 formsas·i·nine·ly, adverbas·i·nin·i·ty [as-uh-nin-i-tee] /ˌæs əˈnɪn ɪ ti/, noun
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asinine

/ (ˈæsɪˌnaɪn) /

adjective

obstinate or stupid
resembling an ass
Derived Formsasininely, adverbasininity (ˌæsɪˈnɪnɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for asinine

C16: from Latin asinīnus, from asinus ass 1
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Word Origin and History for asinine

asinine


adj.

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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