Definition of asinine in English:

asinine

adjective

  • Extremely stupid or foolish.

    ‘Lydia ignored his asinine remark’
    • ‘Now, allow me to explain why the preceding statements are so utterly asinine.’
    • ‘I have to admit, with a heavy heart, that when I originally read about the new villains, I thought they sounded asinine, with daft names and even dafter looks.’
    • ‘His few political interventions are puerile and his forays abroad - to Australia, Orkney, Israel - are, well, asinine.’
    • ‘Needless to say, this was an asinine decision for three reasons.’
    • ‘Have you heard anything as asinine as that before?’
    • ‘I dislike the music, find the plots to be asinine and chauvinistic, and hate the predictable and unrealistically cheerful endings.’
    • ‘Now this was asinine enough to get him some serious humiliation.’
    • ‘That statement is so asinine as not to deserve any response from me.’
    • ‘It's absolutely asinine to spend three hours out of your day traveling to and from work.’
    • ‘However, all of his blind, asinine nonsense was going to be put to an end.’
    • ‘To draw the conclusion that this person is a terrorist based on this ‘evidence’ is asinine.’
    • ‘He earned the dough to bring this asinine concept to life, and has even recruited some heavy hitters to nurture it.’
    • ‘He had asked for some time off to help promote his CD, which was, you know, incredibly asinine to do at the beginning of the season.’
    • ‘The writing is worse than asinine, and the direction assumes an audience who won't get the jokes unless they are battered with them for several minutes.’
    • ‘Shows insist on running asinine competitions to check that their listeners are awake and tuned in (and to harvest phone numbers for marketing purposes).’
    • ‘It is the most perfectly asinine closing statement I think I have ever heard by a ‘professional’ writer.’
    • ‘A contestant makes a truly asinine remark and the boredom abates slightly, even as annoyance levels are soaring.’
    • ‘That's asinine and they will be undone by their sloppy decision-making.’
    • ‘Each interview conducted by a HR specialist was asinine in the extreme, without exception.’
    • ‘What is scary is that these big men and women sit, discuss, debate and come up with these asinine reasons for why things are in a mess.’
    stupid, foolish, pointless, brainless, mindless, senseless, doltish, idiotic, imbecilic, imbecile, insane, lunatic, ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd, preposterous, nonsensical, fatuous, silly, childish, infantile, puerile, immature, juvenile, inane, witless, half-baked, empty-headed, unintelligent, half-witted, slow-witted, weak-minded
    crazy, dumb, cretinous, moronic, gormless, damfool
    divvy, daft
    glaikit
    dumb-ass, chowderheaded
    dof
    dotish
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin asininus, from asinus ass.

Pronunciation:

asinine

/ˈasɪnʌɪn/