- 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.
Origin of vacuous
Examples from the Web for vacuous
Smith speaks with perfect articulation and a vacuous undertone laces her words.Shakespeare’s Movie Magic
Marina Watts, Malcolm Jones
April 24, 2014
The assumption that feminism comes in a neat, Xeroxable package is gravely outmoded and vacuous.Despite What You May Think, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna Are Feminists
November 21, 2013
Speaking of Daisy, Mulligan does as elegant a job as possible portraying such a vacuous character.The Great Gatsby, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Is a Relentless Assault on the Senses
May 8, 2013
In America, however, there is a stubborn strain of vacuous unawareness that reflects no credit on American society.Ignorant America
August 30, 2010
A sudden animation replaced the vacuous stare of the blue eyes.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
In less than a fortnight he had fallen to vacuous imbecility.
Those eyes were the shiny, vacuous, soulless eyes of a madman!The Floating Island of Madness
He was slouching along with his hands in his pockets, and a vacuous look in his face.Novel Notes
Jerome K. Jerome
Again a wait, while they looked at one another with vacuous eyes.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
- 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
Word Origin and History for vacuous
1640s, "empty," from Latin vacuus "empty, void, free" (see vacuum). Figurative sense of "empty of ideas" is from 1848. Related: Vacuously; vacuousness.