What does asinine mean?

Definitions for asinine
ˈæs əˌnaɪnasi·nine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asinine, fatuous, inane, mindless, vacuousadjective

    devoid of intelligence


  1. asinineadjective

    Failing to exercise intelligence or judgment; ridiculously below average rationality.

  2. asinineadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of donkeys.

  3. Etymology: From asininus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Asinineadjective

    Belonging to an ass.

    Etymology: from asinus, Lat.

    You shall have more ado to drive our dullest youth, our stocks and stubs, from such nurture, than we have now to hale our choicest and hopefullest wits to that asinine feast of sow thistles and brambles. John Milton, on Education.


  1. asinine

    Asinine refers to behavior or actions that are extremely foolish, stupid, or lacking in good judgment. The term is often used to describe something that is absurd, ridiculous, or pointless. It is derived from the word "ass" which is often used to represent foolishness or stupidity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asinineadjective

    of or belonging to, or having the qualities of, the ass, as stupidity and obstinacy

  2. Etymology: [L. asininus, fr. asinus ass. See Ass.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asinine

    as′in-īn, adj. of or like an ass.—n. Asinin′ity. [See Ass.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asinine in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asinine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of asinine in a Sentence

  1. Duncan Lemp:

    I understand that there is a pandemic going around, but we really need to realize that some of the measures they are putting into place are asinine, are ridiculous.

  2. Daniel Lebensohn:

    I know that sounds asinine.

  3. Julian Andrade:

    They could possibly be out free which is asinine to me, i’m dealing with the life of my son that will never ever be back and they [his murderers] will one day be free and be able to live their life. That’s what I am fighting for right now.

  4. Alexis Templeton:

    I am desensitized to things like that, but it has been happening to black lives for so long, if there is no video, folks don't believe it because it sounds so asinine that something like this would ever happen in this country. But with a video, you can't say it's not happening.

  5. Carrie Fisher:

    She's a prisoner of a giant testicle who has a lot of saliva going on and she does not want to wear that thing and it's ultimately that chain, which you're now indicating is some sort of accessory to SM, that is used to kill the giant saliva testicle, that's asinine.

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