What does vain mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vain(adj)

    characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

    "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes"

  2. bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain(adj)

    unproductive of success

    "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"


  1. vain(Adjective)

    overly proud of oneself, especially when concerning appearance

  2. vain(Adjective)

    having very little substance

  3. vain(Adjective)

    effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vain

    having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying

  2. Vain

    destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt

  3. Vain

    proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated

  4. Vain

    showy; ostentatious

  5. Vain(noun)

    vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain


  1. Vain

    Vain was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse that dominated Australian sprint racing in the period 1968–70, when he won 12 of the 14 races he contested and ran second in the other two. He then went on to become a Leading sire in Australia. The chestnut colt was sired by the leading sire, Wilkes and his dam Elated was by the good sire Orgoglio who sired 21 stakes winners that had 37 stakes-wins. Elated was a good racemare that won 10 races, including 8 in Melbourne. Although Elated produced several foals but Vain is her only stakes winner.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vain

    vān, adj. unsatisfying: fruitless: unreal: silly: conceited: showy: (B.) vacant, worthless.—adv. Vain′ly.—ns. Vain′ness, fruitlessness: (Shak.) empty pride, folly; Van′ity, worthlessness, futility: empty pride or ostentation: ambitious display: idle show: empty pleasure: fruitless desire, a trifle: (Shak.) a personified vice in the old moralities and puppet-shows: (B.) a heathen deity.—Vanity Fair, the world as the scene of vanity or empty folly, the world of fashion, so named from the fair described in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.—In vain, For vain (Shak.), ineffectually: to no end: with levity or profanity. [Fr.,—L. vanus, empty.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Photographer Danila Tkachenko:

    Often the information is not accurate, so many trips went in vain.

  2. Sophocles:

    Death is not the worst rather, in vain To wish for death, and not to compass it.

  3. Laura Narvais:

    I hate to say it, but their sacrifice was in vain because the government continues just as it did before.

  4. Emily Brontë:

    Vain are the thousand creeds that move men's hearts, unutterably vain; Worthless as withered weeds, or idlest froth amid the boundless main.

  5. Diane Foley:

    Jim counted on our government to get them home, jim was very hopeful and confident that our government would find a way. We don't want Jim to have died in vain.

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