(Latin: inanis, empty, void; worthless, useless; foolish)
2. Empty of meaning; pointless; foolish: The senatorial candidate's inane remarks during her political speeches resulted in her defeat at the polls.
3. Characteristic of being unthinking, unintelligent, ridiculous, etc.: Suggesting that people don't need a university or college degree to prepare them for better paying jobs is the inanest thing that Irene had ever read in the newspaper.
There is no doubt in Janet's thinking that the mayor who was caught taking drugs, and denying it, is the most inane person that she has ever heard about.4. Etymology: from 1819, "silly, empty-headed"; earlier in 1662, "empty", a back-formation of inanity, "emptiness, hollowness"; later, in 1753, "silliness", from French inanité; which came from Latin inanitatem, "emptiness", from inanis, "empty, void, useless, worthless".
- foolish, senseless, vapid, silly, absurd, vacuous, void of intelligence, shallow, pointless, asinine, nonsensical, empty, ridiculous.
- unthinking, unintelligent.
- stupid, idiotic, meaningless, fatuous.
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2. Empty, vacant; lacking sense or meaning; foolish, pointless: Cleo quickly got tired of the inane questions the people were asking her.
It was insane of the prisoners to think that they could get away with their inane plan to escape from prison by digging a hole through the wall.
Shirley just sat there inanely grinning at the TV and expressing her inanely simplistic comments.
When national politics become obscured by all kinds of red-taped inaneness, people will often show their displeasure by voting in a new government.
2. Frivolous or idiotic things: There are some internet sites that contain inanities that make some people wonder how they can continue to exist.
3. Foolish or trite remarks during conversations: Some talk shows on the radio and TV include too many tiresome inanities.