Definition of asinine in English:



  • Extremely stupid or foolish.

    ‘Lydia ignored his asinine remark’
    • ‘A contestant makes a truly asinine remark and the boredom abates slightly, even as annoyance levels are soaring.’
    • ‘That statement is so asinine as not to deserve any response from me.’
    • ‘However, all of his blind, asinine nonsense was going to be put to an end.’
    • ‘Each interview conducted by a HR specialist was asinine in the extreme, without exception.’
    • ‘It's absolutely asinine to spend three hours out of your day traveling to and from work.’
    • ‘That's asinine and they will be undone by their sloppy decision-making.’
    • ‘Now this was asinine enough to get him some serious humiliation.’
    • ‘Have you heard anything as asinine as that before?’
    • ‘The writing is worse than asinine, and the direction assumes an audience who won't get the jokes unless they are battered with them for several minutes.’
    • ‘It is the most perfectly asinine closing statement I think I have ever heard by a ‘professional’ writer.’
    • ‘His few political interventions are puerile and his forays abroad - to Australia, Orkney, Israel - are, well, asinine.’
    • ‘He earned the dough to bring this asinine concept to life, and has even recruited some heavy hitters to nurture it.’
    • ‘Needless to say, this was an asinine decision for three reasons.’
    • ‘What is scary is that these big men and women sit, discuss, debate and come up with these asinine reasons for why things are in a mess.’
    • ‘I dislike the music, find the plots to be asinine and chauvinistic, and hate the predictable and unrealistically cheerful endings.’
    • ‘I have to admit, with a heavy heart, that when I originally read about the new villains, I thought they sounded asinine, with daft names and even dafter looks.’
    • ‘He had asked for some time off to help promote his CD, which was, you know, incredibly asinine to do at the beginning of the season.’
    • ‘Shows insist on running asinine competitions to check that their listeners are awake and tuned in (and to harvest phone numbers for marketing purposes).’
    • ‘To draw the conclusion that this person is a terrorist based on this ‘evidence’ is asinine.’
    • ‘Now, allow me to explain why the preceding statements are so utterly asinine.’
    stupid, foolish, pointless, brainless, mindless, senseless, doltish, idiotic, imbecilic, imbecile, insane, lunatic, ridiculous, ludicrous, absurd, preposterous, nonsensical, fatuous, silly, childish, infantile, puerile, immature, juvenile, inane, witless, half-baked, empty-headed, unintelligent, half-witted, slow-witted, weak-minded
    crazy, dumb, cretinous, moronic, gormless, damfool
    divvy, daft
    dumb-ass, chowderheaded
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Late 15th century: from Latin asininus, from asinus ass.