Meaning of fatuous in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfatjʊəs/

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  • Silly and pointless.

    ‘a fatuous comment’
    • ‘However, based on some of the fatuous comments I've been reading on this topic, we may expect to hear it soon.’
    • ‘Mountaineering has engendered more fatuous comment than most human pastimes, much of it from mountaineers themselves.’
    • ‘Gentle reader, let me assure you that this is fatuous nonsense.’
    • ‘Such fatuous nonsense afforded us countless hours of mirth; who says religion has no value?’
    • ‘Her carefree sloganeering can be maddeningly fatuous, occasionally making the reader feel as though he or she is stuck behind a car covered in bumper stickers.’
    • ‘They explore their sexuality, marveling at their youthful, maturing bodies, and exchanging fatuous remarks.’
    • ‘But lest anyone think I give succour to the nationalists by talk of national futures, let there be no such fatuous interpretation.’
    • ‘The comparisons are being made, fatuous as they are.’
    • ‘New Zealand was a very nice country to live in and it was not a myth or a fatuous slogan that it was ‘a great place to bring up children’.’
    • ‘I'd say the latter is the slightly more fatuous article.’
    • ‘This produced a fatuous contentment, which from the beginning led producers to view TV as a threat.’
    • ‘But as we all know from experience, the inarticulate can be shrewd, the fluent fatuous.’
    • ‘The fact that we don't find such documents puts the lie to such glib and fatuous justifications for immorality.’
    • ‘Lurking on the fringe of the group as befitted my junior position, it came to me that I could make a memorable contribution to this rather fatuous debate.’
    • ‘The claim that this system of traffic calming ‘owes much of its unpopularity to its success’ is a also a fatuous statement.’
    • ‘Upon her release for serving the full twelve years of her fatuous sentence we are going to have to live with the consequences of that decision.’
    • ‘A Victorian campaign to expunge it is likely to be futile, therefore fatuous.’
    • ‘His naive, fatuous smile alone would have aroused their ire before he opened his vainglorious mouth.’
    • ‘Now, as the repeated and often fatuous stories against the government in recent months show, the press has stopped playing the game.’
    • ‘In front of a painting in Florence, I made some fatuous remark to an American with backpack.’
    silly, foolish, stupid, inane, nonsensical, childish, puerile, infantile, idiotic, brainless, mindless, vacuous, imbecilic, asinine, witless, empty-headed, hare-brained
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Early 17th century from Latin fatuus ‘foolish’ + -ous.