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inane

adjective uk   /ɪˈneɪn/ us  
extremely silly or with no real meaning or importance: He's always making inane remarks. There are too many inane quiz shows on television these days.
inanely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
He grinned inanely.
inanity
noun [C or U] uk   /ɪˈnæn.ə.ti/ us    /-t̬i/
His speech was full of inanities that were meant to be funny. I was amazed at the inanity of her comments.
Translations of “inane”
in Chinese (Traditional) 極其愚蠢的, 無意義的, 無聊的…
in Russian нелепый, глупый…
in Turkish anlamsız, saçma, boş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 极其愚蠢的, 无意义的, 无聊的…
in Polish idiotyczny…
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