Definition of inanity in US English:



  • 1A nonsensical remark or action.

    ‘they utter whatever inanities will get them elected’
    • ‘A stream of prettily lilted inanities poured steadily, unquenchably into my ear.’
    • ‘Delving deep into their oeuvre, the band blasted out their tiresome inanities to the delighted faithful.’
    • ‘It now seems natural that they utter whatever inanities will get them elected, then push their true agenda.’
    • ‘Uttering still more inanities about the oil situation, the news anchor also mentioned that the high price of oil is "creating headwinds for the otherwise very strong economy."’
    • ‘Their strident views have, like so many conservative inanities, now become mainstream.’
    • ‘Any error or inanities in my presentation, or in any detail of representation of my colleague's words or actions, is my responsibility, with apologies.’
    • ‘They prefer to boast about the tunes they download, or court publicity for their website inanities.’
    • ‘Our own TV personalities once again served up inanities from a year ago about the "day that changed the world".’
    • ‘Viewers gazed in astonishment as the supposedly silver-tongued trial lawyer lurched from one inanity to the next.’
    • ‘I laughed many times, but entire episodes went by where I would sit and wait for some obvious inanity to conclude.’
    1. 1.1 Lack of sense or meaning; silliness.
      ‘he commented on the breathtaking inanity of the board's decision’
      • ‘Anger and frustration at the inanity of America's political culture underscore the best humour here.’
      • ‘To say that the "twist" in the plot is implausible certainly downplays the sheer inanity of it.’
      • ‘This film is more or less exactly why the average filmgoer prefers the inanity of quiz shows to unconventional arthouse fare.’
      • ‘The general spirit of bonhomie and celebration lifts even curmudgeons like me over the worst stretches of inanity.’
      • ‘The surprising thing here is not the over-the-top mayhem, but the inanity of the infrequent dialogue scenes.’
      • ‘He chuckles at the inanity of the idea of robotic soccer - do robots really need exercise?’
      • ‘He says that the decision of the school board was one of breathtaking inanity.’
      • ‘He pokes fun at bourgeois inanity through the vehicle of the structured American sitcom.’
      • ‘This fast-paced, energetic series of comic sketches tackles the inanity of media culture and the people who thrive on it.’
      • ‘This ridiculous sequel lives down to the inanity of its predecessor.’