Definition of inane in English:

inane

adjective

  • Lacking sense or meaning; silly.

    ‘don't badger people with inane questions’
    • ‘Did this debate speak to you, or were you embarrassed by some of these inane questions?’
    • ‘I can only imagine that the post-convention theme will be just as inane.’
    • ‘He's proud of his profession and hasn't got much time for poorly prepared reporters who ask inane questions.’
    • ‘This question, as inane as it might seem, is extremely important and far deeper than one would suppose.’
    • ‘I still think that they think some of the things that I've done theatrically are inane.’
    • ‘He kept coming out with moronic and inane comments.’
    • ‘After about an hour full of restless moments and inane thoughts, finally it was 2 p.m.’
    • ‘I am very disappointed that the Minister of Finance interrupts with such a silly, inane comment.’
    • ‘Hey, it's better than being herded into a line and forced to watch inane television programs.’
    • ‘I try to be as stupid and inane as possible about serious subjects, like a bloke in a pub.’
    • ‘That last sentence is so inane you wonder whether he realizes what he's saying.’
    • ‘Then it's back to earth for an inane, no-brain, audience-participation pub quiz.’
    • ‘Additionally, it is inane to suggest that any Texas voters will be confused or misled by our client's website.’
    • ‘Granted, the ‘how many times a day do you think about it’ question is completely inane.’
    • ‘I especially don't want to be welcomed and have to respond to friendly questions with a thin, watery smile and inane small talk.’
    • ‘Brooke glanced back out the window, away from this boy and his inane and pointless questions.’
    • ‘Yet in my winding down from work I feel compelled to continue filling the awkward silence with inane conversation.’
    • ‘I brace myself for something offensive or vulgar or just inane enough to cause me to stifle a laugh.’
    • ‘He is over fond of parenthesis and inane wisecracks.’
    • ‘We'd already been bickering over something inane on the way to an event that night.’
    • ‘The more time there is to fill news, the more inane things are going to be said.’
    • ‘How foolish and childish and inane to think, and pray and hope, that all would justly right itself.’
    • ‘Why did he continue to make those inane movies and those bad songs?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then imagine some inane TV presenter springs out on you and says that it was all a big practical joke.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once again, my inane rambling doesn't have an answer at the end of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I reminded myself of the inane woman I once overheard in a garden shop.’
    • ‘I bet you made up that whole stupid, inane, poorly written story about Ben Franklin and the seance.’
    • ‘That hasn't prevented him becoming the object of ridicule among his peers or the victim of inane questioning about his lifestyle.’
    • ‘I'm just having a difficult time with the media and their inane coverage of this campaign.’
    • ‘She didn't want to waste Jordan's time with inane questions about her love life.’
    • ‘The rest of the album is equally mind-churningly inane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To pretend that her critics have merely misplaced their anger is psychobabble of the most inane sort.’
    • ‘But we are digressing from a totally pointless and inane post here.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/