Definition of asinine in US English:

asinine

adjective

  • Extremely stupid or foolish.

    ‘Lydia ignored his asinine remark’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His few political interventions are puerile and his forays abroad - to Australia, Orkney, Israel - are, well, asinine.’
    • ‘To draw the conclusion that this person is a terrorist based on this ‘evidence’ is asinine.’
    • ‘Shows insist on running asinine competitions to check that their listeners are awake and tuned in (and to harvest phone numbers for marketing purposes).’
    • ‘It's absolutely asinine to spend three hours out of your day traveling to and from work.’
    • ‘Have you heard anything as asinine as that before?’
    • ‘It is the most perfectly asinine closing statement I think I have ever heard by a ‘professional’ writer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Needless to say, this was an asinine decision for three reasons.’
    • ‘That's asinine and they will be undone by their sloppy decision-making.’
    • ‘Each interview conducted by a HR specialist was asinine in the extreme, without exception.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, all of his blind, asinine nonsense was going to be put to an end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I dislike the music, find the plots to be asinine and chauvinistic, and hate the predictable and unrealistically cheerful endings.’
    • ‘Now, allow me to explain why the preceding statements are so utterly asinine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He earned the dough to bring this asinine concept to life, and has even recruited some heavy hitters to nurture it.’
    • ‘Now this was asinine enough to get him some serious humiliation.’
    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
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin asininus, from asinus ‘ass’.

Pronunciation

asinine

/ˈasəˌnīn//ˈæsəˌnaɪn/