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inane

[ih-neyn]
adjective
  1. lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
  2. empty; void.
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noun
  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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British Dictionary definitions for inanest

inane

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

Word Origin

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

inane

adj.

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

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