inane

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English[edit]

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From Middle French inane, from Latin inānis (empty, vain, useless).

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inane (comparative more inane, superlative most inane)

  1. Lacking sense or meaning (often to the point of boredom or annoyance).
    This supremely gifted kid told me that in the early elementary grades, the songs sung in music class were so inane that he wanted to skip grades already! Eventually he did, so better late than never.
  2. purposeless; pointless
    • I. Taylor
      Vague and inane instincts.

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Noun[edit]

inane (plural inanes)

  1. That which is void or empty.
    • Locke
      The undistinguishable inane of infinite space.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      [...] whom we watch as we watch the clouds careering in the windy, bottomless inane, or read about like characters in ancient and rather fabulous annals.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin inanis

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inane m, f (masculine and feminine plural inani)

  1. (literary) useless, vain, inane

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Latin[edit]

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ināne

  1. nominative neuter singular of inānis
  2. accusative neuter singular of inānis
  3. vocative neuter singular of inānis

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin inanis.

Adjective[edit]

inane m, f (plural inanes)

  1. inane; pointless