Definition of asinine
1 : extremely or utterly foolish or silly <an asinine excuse>
2 : of, relating to, or resembling an ass
asininityplay \ˌa-sə-ˈni-nə-tē\ noun
Examples of asinine in a sentence
… 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
The boss of Wells Fargo has called the solvency tests “asinine”. The aim of such behaviour is presumably to convince regulators to focus the coming clampdown on the weakest banks. —The Economist, 13-19 June 2009
First the good news: There's one palatable piece of ear candy here, “Rocket O' Love.” While the words are asinine (“Shotgun, shing-a-ling/One, two, one two three, hey!!”), it's a hearty … rocker Billy Squier might like to call his own. —David Hiltbrand, People Weekly, 11 Mar. 1991
<it was asinine to run into the street like that>
Did You Know?
The donkey, or ass, has often been accused of stubborn, willful, and stupid behavior lacking in logic and common sense. Asinine behavior exhibits similar qualities. Idiotic or rude remarks, aggressive stupidity, and general immaturity can all earn someone (usually a man) this description. If you call him this to his face, however, he might behave even worse.
Origin and Etymology of asinine
Latin asininus, from asinus ass
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of asinine
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