- 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
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- senseless, unimaginative, or empty; unintelligentinane remarks
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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