[ vak-yoo-uhs ]
/ ˈvæk yu əs /
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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; from Latin vacuus “empty”; see -ous
OTHER WORDS FROM vacuous
vac·u·ous·ly, adverbvac·u·ous·ness, nounnon·vac·u·ous, adjectivenon·vac·u·ous·ly, adverb
non·vac·u·ous·ness, nounun·vac·u·ous, adjectiveun·vac·u·ous·ly, adverbun·vac·u·ous·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vacuousvacant, vacuous
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How to use vacuous in a sentence
He hated TV for chasing fads and its vacuousness, but also because it paid him too little, notes Itzkoff dryly.Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News|Tim Teeman|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he looked up at Victoria with something like vacuousness.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for vacuous
/ (ˈvækjʊəs) /
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 vacuousvacuously, adverbvacuousness, noun
Word Origin for vacuous
C17: from Latin vacuus empty, from vacāre to be empty
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