inane

[ ih-neyn ]
/ ɪˈneɪn /

adjective

lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
empty; void.

noun

something that is empty or void, especially the void of infinite space.

Nearby words

  1. inadvisable,
  2. inalienable,
  3. inalterable,
  4. inamorata,
  5. inamorato,
  6. inanely,
  7. inanga,
  8. inanimate,
  9. inanition,
  10. inanity

Origin of inane

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

Related formsin·ane·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for inane

inane

/ (ɪˈneɪn) /

adjective

senseless, unimaginative, or empty; unintelligentinane remarks
Derived Formsinanely, adverb

Word Origin for inane

C17: from Latin inānis empty

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Word Origin and History for inane

inane

adj.

"silly, empty-headed," 1819, earlier "empty" (1660s), a back-formation from inanity. Related: Inanely.

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