• IPA: /ɪˈneɪn/


  1. Lacking sense or meaning (often to the point of boredom or annoyance)
    (lacking sense) Synonyms: silly, fatuous, vapid
    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
    • 1832, Isaac Taylor, Saturday Evening
      Vague and inane instincts.
Translations Translations Noun

inane (plural inanes)

  1. That which is void or empty.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 2, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗, book I, page 13 ↗:
      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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