Asinine



foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid:
It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements.
of or like an ass:
asinine obstinacy; asinine features.
Contemporary Examples

asinine comments like this leave the President looking like the only mature kid in town.
See Ya, Randian Romney! Justin Green November 14, 2012

She hypnotized Cory with her free spirit, freer hair, and asinine name, coaxing him out of his shell and into love with her.
‘Boy Meets World’ Turns 20: The Silly Show We Can’t Help but Love Kevin Fallon September 23, 2013

Funny how the ones deemed “geniuses” always act the most asinine in relationships.
Lights, Camera, Cocktails Brody Brown September 10, 2011

That we find so hallowed and important, but also so asinine and silly?
Breaking: The Oscars Might Not Suck This Year Kevin Fallon February 26, 2014

Is Olivia Pope an “Angry Black Woman,” as one asinine TV critic suggests?
‘Scandal’ Review: Olivia Pope Has Lost Her Damn Mind Kevin Fallon September 25, 2014

Historical Examples

What an asinine act, this pouring of poison into the stomach to cure a malady of the soul!
The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon

Why can not you keep quiet, instead of making your asinine remarks?
Among the Humorists and After Dinner Speakers, Vol. I Various

It was the first time I had presented myself at a strange hotel without my asinine credentials.
On a Donkey’s Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward

These equine and asinine glories have passed away, extinguished by the rail.
Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland

If you had an idea that I am the type of man to use as the butt for a silly, asinine jest, I’ll teach you to think differently.
Mixed Faces Roy Norton

adjective
obstinate or stupid
resembling an ass
adj.

c.1600, “obstinate, stupid,” from Latin asininus “stupid,” literally “like an ass,” from asinus “ass,” also “dolt, blockhead” (see ass (n.1)). The literal sense in English is recorded from 1620s.

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