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Definition lacking substance - perhaps silly
  • I can't take any more of her inane ideas.
inane = lacking substance (or silly)
  • He wouldn't shut up, just kept asking inane questions.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • inane = stupid (lacking substance)
  • He studied me, and an inane grin spread across his lips like a stain.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • inane = lacking substance
  • Won't want to deal with inane questions, prime-time TV, or Barbie.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • inane = lacking substance (or silly)
  • Must we go on with this inane conversation?
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • inane = empty (lacking substance)
  • Topics, from the inane to slightly promising, flitted through my brain as we moved along the quiet, mostly deserted country roads.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • inane = lacking substance (or silly)
  • She feels like she always has to say something, even when it's completely inane.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • inane = lacking substance (or silly)
  • He gestures towards the general, who smiles inanely at his own put-down.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • inanely = in a silly or foolish manner
  • Scarlett, of course, just shook her head and smiled as she listened to me prattle on, detailing every word and gesture of our inane sock-and-volleyball conversations.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • inane = lacking substance (or silly)
  • She looked through the tattered curtain, across at the handsome face of her husband ... behind whose inane smile, she could now so plainly see the strength, energy, and resourcefulness...
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • inane = lacking substance (or silly)
  • My mother loved to complain about how little she got paid for her books—all academic, published by university presses—while what she termed "inane housewife stories" pulled in big bucks.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • inane = lacking substance (or silly)
  • The minute she saw me she smiled, took a deep breath, and then opened her mouth to talk nonstop for almost twenty minutes, words flowing out of her as if they were the only thing keeping her afloat, a life preserver of inane details and incidents from the last week.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • inane = unimportant (lacking substance)
  • They made inane and affected remarks to one another, entirely for her benefit.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Then he tittered... weakly, inanely.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It was inane to be standing there listing these details.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He expected her to leave, finished with his inane chatter, but she softened and sat back on her stool.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He's more a spotted knight than a white one, Tyrion thought inanely.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • I could never make the long walk to the base at Asadabad, and anyhow that would seem inane since the village elder was either in there or very nearly.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He remembers the music lit course Beth was taking when they met; all those inane lyrics they put to the main themes to help her study for the exams.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • "It may be an insane love-affair," she told her anxious mother, "but it's not inane."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise

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