Definition of fatuous in English:



  • Silly and pointless.

    ‘a fatuous comment’
    • ‘Now, as the repeated and often fatuous stories against the government in recent months show, the press has stopped playing the game.’
    • ‘His naive, fatuous smile alone would have aroused their ire before he opened his vainglorious mouth.’
    • ‘Upon her release for serving the full twelve years of her fatuous sentence we are going to have to live with the consequences of that decision.’
    • ‘The fact that we don't find such documents puts the lie to such glib and fatuous justifications for immorality.’
    • ‘This produced a fatuous contentment, which from the beginning led producers to view TV as a threat.’
    • ‘The comparisons are being made, fatuous as they are.’
    • ‘The claim that this system of traffic calming ‘owes much of its unpopularity to its success’ is a also a fatuous statement.’
    • ‘Such fatuous nonsense afforded us countless hours of mirth; who says religion has no value?’
    • ‘But lest anyone think I give succour to the nationalists by talk of national futures, let there be no such fatuous interpretation.’
    • ‘A Victorian campaign to expunge it is likely to be futile, therefore fatuous.’
    • ‘Gentle reader, let me assure you that this is fatuous nonsense.’
    • ‘In front of a painting in Florence, I made some fatuous remark to an American with backpack.’
    • ‘New Zealand was a very nice country to live in and it was not a myth or a fatuous slogan that it was ‘a great place to bring up children’.’
    • ‘They explore their sexuality, marveling at their youthful, maturing bodies, and exchanging fatuous remarks.’
    • ‘However, based on some of the fatuous comments I've been reading on this topic, we may expect to hear it soon.’
    • ‘Lurking on the fringe of the group as befitted my junior position, it came to me that I could make a memorable contribution to this rather fatuous debate.’
    • ‘Her carefree sloganeering can be maddeningly fatuous, occasionally making the reader feel as though he or she is stuck behind a car covered in bumper stickers.’
    • ‘I'd say the latter is the slightly more fatuous article.’
    • ‘But as we all know from experience, the inarticulate can be shrewd, the fluent fatuous.’
    • ‘Mountaineering has engendered more fatuous comment than most human pastimes, much of it from mountaineers themselves.’
    silly, foolish, stupid, inane, nonsensical, childish, puerile, infantile, idiotic, brainless, mindless, vacuous, imbecilic, asinine, witless, empty-headed, hare-brained
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Early 17th century: from Latin fatuus ‘foolish’ + -ous.