Synonyms of vain in English:

vain


See definition of vain

adjective

1‘he was vain about his looks’

SYNONYMS

conceited, narcissistic, self-loving, in love with oneself, self-admiring, self-regarding, wrapped up in oneself, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-centred, egotistic, egotistical, egoistic, egocentric, egomaniac

proud, haughty, arrogant, boastful, swaggering, imperious, overweening, cocky, affected

literary vainglorious

rare peacockish

have an excessively high opinion of oneself, think too highly of oneself, think a lot of oneself

informal think one is the cat's pyjamas, think one is the cat's whiskers, think one is God's gift, think one is God's gift to women

ANTONYMS

modest

2‘a vain attempt to tidy up the room’

SYNONYMS

futile, useless, pointless, worthless, nugatory, to no purpose, in vain

ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, powerless, unavailing, to no avail, fruitless, profitless, unproductive

unsuccessful, failed, without success, abortive, misfired

thwarted, baulked, frustrated, foiled

archaic bootless

ANTONYMS

successful, productive


Phrases

    in vain

      1‘they waited in vain for a response’

      SYNONYMS

      unsuccessfully, vainly, without success, to no avail, to no purpose, ineffectually, with no result, fruitlessly, profitlessly, unproductively

      ANTONYMS

      successfully

      2‘his efforts were in vain’

      SYNONYMS

      futile, useless, pointless, to no purpose, worthless, nugatory

      ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, powerless, unavailing, to no avail, fruitless, profitless, unproductive

      unsuccessful, without success, abortive

      thwarted, baulked, frustrated, foiled

      archaic

      bootless

      ANTONYMS

      successful, productive