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  1. lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
  2. empty; void.
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  1. something that is empty or void, especially the void of infinite space.
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Origin of inane

First recorded in 1655–65, inane is from the Latin word inānis
Related formsin·ane·ly, adverb

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Related Words for inanely

insanely, extremely, comically, preposterously, ludicrously, humorously, inanely

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Historical Examples of inanely

  • Inanely I would pound my head as though to put punch into it.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Eddie mumbled, inanely, "You didn't mind it this mornin', buggy-ridin'."

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • If it was from any other family he tuck it so inanely, I wouldn't care so much; but from them!

    The Dead Boxer

    William Carleton

  • “My widow, if you are going to be so darned particular about it,” he shouted, inanely.


    George Barr McCutcheon

  • He thought at that moment, inanely, he should play more handball.

British Dictionary definitions for inanely


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

Word Origin for inane

C17: from Latin inānis empty
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Word Origin and History for inanely



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

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