Definition of inane in English:



  • Silly; stupid.

    ‘don't constantly badger people with inane questions’
    • ‘I reminded myself of the inane woman I once overheard in a garden shop.’
    • ‘Granted, the ‘how many times a day do you think about it’ question is completely inane.’
    • ‘To pretend that her critics have merely misplaced their anger is psychobabble of the most inane sort.’
    • ‘Hey, it's better than being herded into a line and forced to watch inane television programs.’
    • ‘I brace myself for something offensive or vulgar or just inane enough to cause me to stifle a laugh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I still think that they think some of the things that I've done theatrically are inane.’
    • ‘I'm just having a difficult time with the media and their inane coverage of this campaign.’
    • ‘I bet you made up that whole stupid, inane, poorly written story about Ben Franklin and the seance.’
    • ‘Why did he continue to make those inane movies and those bad songs?’
    • ‘Additionally, it is inane to suggest that any Texas voters will be confused or misled by our client's website.’
    • ‘This question, as inane as it might seem, is extremely important and far deeper than one would suppose.’
    • ‘That last sentence is so inane you wonder whether he realizes what he's saying.’
    • ‘The more time there is to fill news, the more inane things are going to be said.’
    • ‘We'd already been bickering over something inane on the way to an event that night.’
    • ‘I try to be as stupid and inane as possible about serious subjects, like a bloke in a pub.’
    • ‘She didn't want to waste Jordan's time with inane questions about her love life.’
    • ‘Some people chew gum when they quit smoking - I just find more inane things to obsess about.’
    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.