1. 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 formsin·ane·ly, adverb

Synonyms for inane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for inanest


  1. 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 inanest



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

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