[ ih-neyn ]
/ ɪˈneɪn /


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

First recorded in 1655–65, inane is from the Latin word inānis

Related forms

in·ane·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inane


/ (ɪˈneɪn) /


senseless, unimaginative, or empty; unintelligentinane remarks

Derived Forms

inanely, adverb

Word Origin for inane

C17: from Latin inānis empty
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