noun su·pine \ˈsü-ˌpīn\

Definition of supine

  1. 1 :  a Latin verbal noun having an accusative of purpose in -um and an ablative of specification in -u

  2. 2 :  an English infinitive with to

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Origin and Etymology of supine

Middle English supyn, from Late Latin supinum, from Latin, neuter of supinus, adjective

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms



adjective su·pine \su̇-ˈpīn, attrib also ˈsü-ˌpīn\

Definition of supine

  1. 1a :  lying on the back or with the face upwardb :  marked by supination

  2. 2 :  exhibiting indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity; especially :  mentally or morally slack

  3. 3 archaic :  leaning or sloping backward


play \su̇-ˈpīn-lē\ adverb


play \-ˈpīn-nəs\ noun

Examples of supine in a Sentence

  1. He was lying supine on the couch.

  2. a supine legislature that is afraid to take action

Origin and Etymology of supine

Middle English suppyne, from Latin supinus; akin to Latin sub under, up to — more at up

Synonym Discussion of supine

prone, supine, prostrate, recumbent mean lying down. prone implies a position with the front of the body turned toward the supporting surface. push-ups require a prone position supine implies lying on one's back and suggests inertness or abjectness. lying supine on the couch prostrate implies lying full-length as in submission, defeat, or physical collapse. a runner fell prostrate at the finish line recumbent implies the posture of one sleeping or resting. a patient comfortably recumbent in a hospital bed

inactive, idle, inert, passive, supine mean not engaged in work or activity. inactive applies to anyone or anything not in action or in operation or at work. on inactive status as an astronaut inactive accounts idle applies to persons that are not busy or occupied or to their powers or their implements. workers were idle in the fields inert as applied to things implies powerlessness to move or to affect other things; as applied to persons it suggests an inherent or habitual indisposition to activity. inert ingredients in drugs an inert citizenry passive implies immobility or lack of normally expected response to an external force or influence and often suggests deliberate submissiveness or self-control. passive resistance supine applies only to persons and commonly implies abjectness or indolence. a supine willingness to play the fool

SUPINE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of supine for English Language Learners

  • : lying on your back with your face upward

  • : willing to be controlled by others : weak or passive

Medical Dictionary


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adjective su·pine \su̇-ˈpīn, ˈsü-ˌpīn\

Medical Definition of supine

  1. 1:  lying on the back or with the face upward

  2. 2:  marked by supination

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