American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Utterly stupid or silly: asinine behavior.
- adj. Of, relating to, or resembling an ass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to or characteristic of the ass.
- Having the qualities attributed to the ass; stupid; obstinate; obtrusively silly; offensively awkward.
- adj. Failing to exercise intelligence or judgment; ridiculously below average rationality.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of donkeys.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or belonging to, or having the qualities of, the ass, as stupidity and obstinacy.
- adj. devoid of intelligence
- From Latin asinīnus ("of a donkey or ass"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin asinīnus, of an ass, from asinus, ass. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While I happen to consider the term asinine as defined by the Bush Administration, putting it in quotes is approximately equivalent to preceding it with a deprecating but information-free phrase such as so-called.”
“In Major League Baseball, meantime, the Yankees are bemoaning revenue sharing while White Sox General Manager Ken Williams used the word "asinine" to describe the possibility that Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols could land a $30 million a year contract.”
“Alternatively should I talk about Asin, the Latin root of the English word "asinine" whose hyper-animated innocent girl routine was so grating that I was cheering on Ghajini and his sledgehammer to put me out my misery?”
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“Donkeys, however -- equus asinus - where we get the word asinine -- are principally known for stubbornness, a demonstration of which is now in session.”
“Donkeys, however -- equus asinus- where we get the word asinine -- are principally known for stubbornness, a demonstration of which is now in session.”
“I know the stereotype is out there that donkeys are dumb animals (hence the root of the word asinine), but there are limits to their stupidity and I firmly believe even a donkey would not posit the garbage that Schmedly put forward.”
“Judy, if I do nothing else in my life I will never stop trying to bring to people the conviction of how wasteful and asinine is a human expenditure of this kind.”
“-- where we get the word asinine -- are principally known for stubbornness, a demonstration of which is now in session.”
“I take being called asinine with a grain of salt, especially since asinine was spelled incorrectly.”
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