vacuous

[ vak-yoo-uh s ]
/ ˈvæk yu əs /

adjective

without contents; empty: the vacuous air.
lacking in ideas or intelligence: a vacuous mind.
expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid: a vacuous book.
purposeless; idle: a vacuous way of life.

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Origin of vacuous

1645–55; < Latin vacuus empty; see -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM vacuous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vacuous

vacant vacuous vapid
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British Dictionary definitions for vacuous

vacuous
/ (ˈvækjʊəs) /

adjective

containing nothing; empty
bereft of ideas or intelligence; mindless
characterized by or resulting from vacancy of minda vacuous gaze
indulging in no useful mental or physical activity; idle
logic maths (of an operator or expression) having no import; idle: in (x) (John is tall) the quantifier (x) is vacuous

Derived forms of vacuous

vacuously, adverbvacuousness, noun

Word Origin for vacuous

C17: from Latin vacuus empty, from vacāre to be empty
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