Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “inane”

See all translations

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…
(Definition of inane from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of inane?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “inane” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More