Definitions for vainveɪn

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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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Homer:

    Not vain the weakest, if their force unite.

  2. Friedrich von Schiller:

    With stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    It is vain futility to analyze the algebra of time.

  4. Stobaeus:

    How vain is learning unless intelligence go with it.

  5. Friedrich von Schiller:

    With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

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