adjective as·i·nine \ˈa-sə-ˌnīn\

: very stupid and silly

Full Definition of ASININE

:  extremely or utterly foolish <an asinine excuse>
:  of, relating to, or resembling an ass
as·i·nine·ly adverb
as·i·nin·i·ty \ˌa-sə-ˈni-nə-tē\ noun

Examples of ASININE

  1. <it was asinine to run into the street like that>
  2. … geniuses like Brando strike self and material together in a way that sets off some incomparable spark, radiating so much charisma that they get away with choices that would seem asinine from anyone else. —Jeremy McCarter, New York Times Book Review, 4 Jan. 2009

Origin of ASININE

Latin asininus, from asinus ass
First Known Use: 15th century


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