Definition of inane in English:



  • Lacking sense or meaning; silly.

    ‘don't badger people with inane questions’
    • ‘This is the point when both sides are convinced that the other one is completely inane and ridiculously intractable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing before or since has been quite as bad, quite so pointless or inane.’
    • ‘And then imagine some inane TV presenter springs out on you and says that it was all a big practical joke.’
    • ‘But we are digressing from a totally pointless and inane post here.’
    • ‘He's proud of his profession and hasn't got much time for poorly prepared reporters who ask 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.’
    • ‘Then it's back to earth for an inane, no-brain, audience-participation pub quiz.’
    • ‘After about an hour full of restless moments and inane thoughts, finally it was 2 p.m.’
    • ‘Californian hippies in suits intone the inane and never-challenged mantra that information wants to be free.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He kept coming out with moronic and inane comments.’
    • ‘I am very disappointed that the Minister of Finance interrupts with such a silly, inane comment.’
    • ‘That hasn't prevented him becoming the object of ridicule among his peers or the victim of inane questioning about his lifestyle.’
    • ‘The rest of the album is equally mind-churningly inane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once again, my inane rambling doesn't have an answer at the end of it.’
    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
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Mid 16th century: from Latin inanis empty, vain.