[ as-uh-nahyn ]
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  1. foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid: It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements.

  2. of or like an ass: asinine obstinacy;asinine features.

Origin of asinine

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin asinīnus, equivalent to asin(us)ass1 + -īnus-ine1

Other words from asinine

  • as·i·nine·ly, adverb
  • as·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. 2023

How to use asinine in a sentence

  • Homais alone in his supreme asininity should be a beacon-light of warning for any one of these inept critics.

    Egoists | James Huneker
  • 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 asinine


/ (ˈæsɪˌnaɪn) /

  1. obstinate or stupid

  2. resembling an ass

Origin of asinine

C16: from Latin asinīnus, from asinus ass 1

Derived forms of asinine

  • asininely, adverb
  • asininity (ˌæsɪˈnɪnɪtɪ), noun

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