Definition of inane in English:

inane

adjective

  • Lacking sense or meaning; silly.

    ‘don't badger people with inane questions’
    • ‘Californian hippies in suits intone the inane and never-challenged mantra that information wants to be free.’
    • ‘She didn't want to waste Jordan's time with inane questions about her love life.’
    • ‘To pretend that her critics have merely misplaced their anger is psychobabble of the most inane sort.’
    • ‘Did this debate speak to you, or were you embarrassed by some of these inane questions?’
    • ‘Brooke glanced back out the window, away from this boy and his inane and pointless questions.’
    • ‘Nothing before or since has been quite as bad, quite so pointless or inane.’
    • ‘I reminded myself of the inane woman I once overheard in a garden shop.’
    • ‘I can only imagine that the post-convention theme will be just as inane.’
    • ‘Yet in my winding down from work I feel compelled to continue filling the awkward silence with inane conversation.’
    • ‘That last sentence is so inane you wonder whether he realizes what he's saying.’
    • ‘However, if you ask him to write a story he will bore you to death with the most inane and purely factual account of the events you can imagine.’
    • ‘We'd already been bickering over something inane on the way to an event that night.’
    • ‘My clock beeps because I don't like waking up to loud music, or some inane DJ telling me what a wonderful day it is.’
    • ‘Once again, my inane rambling doesn't have an answer at the end of it.’
    • ‘The more time there is to fill news, the more inane things are going to be said.’
    • ‘The rest of the album is equally mind-churningly inane.’
    • ‘This question, as inane as it might seem, is extremely important and far deeper than one would suppose.’
    • ‘It is Charles's job to appear in front of the cameras, grin and bear it and answer sometimes unbearably inane questions with whatever panache he can muster.’
    • ‘I am very disappointed that the Minister of Finance interrupts with such a silly, inane comment.’
    • ‘I'm just having a difficult time with the media and their inane coverage of this campaign.’
    • ‘But we are digressing from a totally pointless and inane post here.’
    • ‘I still think that they think some of the things that I've done theatrically are inane.’
    • ‘After about an hour full of restless moments and inane thoughts, finally it was 2 p.m.’
    • ‘And then imagine some inane TV presenter springs out on you and says that it was all a big practical joke.’
    • ‘I try to be as stupid and inane as possible about serious subjects, like a bloke in a pub.’
    • ‘I especially don't want to be welcomed and have to respond to friendly questions with a thin, watery smile and inane small talk.’
    • ‘Why did he continue to make those inane movies and those bad songs?’
    • ‘Hey, it's better than being herded into a line and forced to watch inane television programs.’
    • ‘Some people chew gum when they quit smoking - I just find more inane things to obsess about.’
    • ‘This is the point when both sides are convinced that the other one is completely inane and ridiculously intractable.’
    • ‘Additionally, it is inane to suggest that any Texas voters will be confused or misled by our client's website.’
    • ‘He kept coming out with moronic and inane comments.’
    • ‘He is over fond of parenthesis and inane wisecracks.’
    • ‘How foolish and childish and inane to think, and pray and hope, that all would justly right itself.’
    • ‘Then it's back to earth for an inane, no-brain, audience-participation pub quiz.’
    • ‘I bet you made up that whole stupid, inane, poorly written story about Ben Franklin and the seance.’
    • ‘I brace myself for something offensive or vulgar or just inane enough to cause me to stifle a laugh.’
    • ‘That hasn't prevented him becoming the object of ridicule among his peers or the victim of inane questioning about his lifestyle.’
    • ‘Granted, the ‘how many times a day do you think about it’ question is completely inane.’
    • ‘He's proud of his profession and hasn't got much time for poorly prepared reporters who ask inane questions.’
    silly, foolish, stupid, fatuous, idiotic, absurd, ridiculous, ludicrous, laughable, risible, imbecilic, moronic, cretinous, unintelligent, witless, asinine, pointless, senseless, frivolous, nonsensical, brainless, mindless, thoughtless, vacuous, vapid, empty-headed
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin inanis ‘empty, vain’.

Pronunciation

inane

/ɪˈneɪn/