Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. One that lacks sense or substance: interrupting with inane comments; angry with my inane roommate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking sense or meaning (often implying, "to the point of boredom or annoyance").
  • n. That which is void or empty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without contents; empty; void of sense or intelligence; purposeless; pointless; characterless; useless.
  • n. That which is void or empty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Empty; void; especially, void of sense or intelligence; senseless; silly.
  • Synonyms Frivolous, puerile, trifling.
  • n. That which is void or empty; void space; emptiness; vacuity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devoid of intelligence

Etymologies

Latin inānis, empty, lacking sense.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inānis ("empty, vain, useless"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Generation was decreed and the being who was generated was willed as the "child of duty," namely, as one who must undertake and nourish the supernatural element of his stock and the liberation of the ancestor, and who must receive and pass on to future generations strength, life, and stability. Today, all this has become an inane fancy; men, instead of being in control of sex are controlled by it and wander about like drunkards without having the least cluse as to what takes place in the course of their embraces"
    - Julius Evola in "The Revolt against the Modern World"

    March 23, 2009