[ 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


as·i·nine·ly, adverbas·i·nin·i·ty [as-uh-nin-i-tee] /ˌæs əˈnɪn ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for asininity

  • These receptions are stupefying in their asininity, but they come to pass in most consulates, and those at Tunis are no exception.

  • The man sinks; the animal soars—thrusting his jaw out sidewise in a satisfied yawn, secure in the serenity of his asininity.

  • Nature has kindly preordained that there shall be no bar in the intimate relations of humanity and asininity.

  • Still, he could not comprehend how they had had the asininity to "decline" it at all.

    A Black Adonis|Linn Boyd Porter

British Dictionary definitions for asininity

/ (ˈæsɪˌnaɪn) /


obstinate or stupid
resembling an ass

Derived forms of asinine

asininely, adverbasininity (ˌæsɪˈnɪnɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for asinine

C16: from Latin asinīnus, from asinus ass 1
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