Definition of inane in English:

inane

adjective

  • Lacking sense or meaning; silly:

    ‘don't badger people with inane questions’
    • ‘I especially don't want to be welcomed and have to respond to friendly questions with a thin, watery smile and inane small talk.’
    • ‘That hasn't prevented him becoming the object of ridicule among his peers or the victim of inane questioning about his lifestyle.’
    • ‘I am very disappointed that the Minister of Finance interrupts with such a silly, inane comment.’
    • ‘He's proud of his profession and hasn't got much time for poorly prepared reporters who ask inane questions.’
    • ‘This is the point when both sides are convinced that the other one is completely inane and ridiculously intractable.’
    • ‘Nothing before or since has been quite as bad, quite so pointless or inane.’
    • ‘Californian hippies in suits intone the inane and never-challenged mantra that information wants to be free.’
    • ‘Once again, my inane rambling doesn't have an answer at the end of it.’
    • ‘He kept coming out with moronic and inane comments.’
    • ‘Brooke glanced back out the window, away from this boy and his inane and pointless questions.’
    • ‘But we are digressing from a totally pointless and inane post here.’
    • ‘The rest of the album is equally mind-churningly inane.’
    • ‘Yet in my winding down from work I feel compelled to continue filling the awkward silence with inane conversation.’
    • ‘How foolish and childish and inane to think, and pray and hope, that all would justly right itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After about an hour full of restless moments and inane thoughts, finally it was 2 p.m.’
    • ‘He is over fond of parenthesis and inane wisecracks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then it's back to earth for an inane, no-brain, audience-participation pub quiz.’
    • ‘And then imagine some inane TV presenter springs out on you and says that it was all a big practical joke.’
    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
    childish, puerile, infantile, jejune
    daft, dumb, dim, half-baked, gormless, damfool
    divvy
    glaikit
    dumb-ass
    dof
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

inane

/ɪˈneɪn/