Synonyms of vain in English:

vain


See definition of vain

adjective

1‘he was vain about his looks’

SYNONYMS
conceited, narcissistic, self-loving, in love with oneself, self-admiring, self-regarding, wrapped up in oneself, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-centred, egotistic, egotistical, egoistic, egocentric, egomaniac
proud, haughty, arrogant, boastful, swaggering, imperious, overweening, cocky, affected
literary vainglorious
rare peacockish
have an excessively high opinion of oneself, think too highly of oneself, think a lot of oneself
informal think one is the cat's pyjamas, think one is the cat's whiskers, think one is God's gift, think one is God's gift to women
ANTONYMS

modest

2‘a vain attempt to tidy up the room’

SYNONYMS
futile, useless, pointless, worthless, nugatory, to no purpose, in vain
ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, powerless, unavailing, to no avail, fruitless, profitless, unproductive
unsuccessful, failed, without success, abortive, misfired
thwarted, balked, frustrated, foiled
archaic bootless
ANTONYMS

successful, productive


Phrases

    in vain

    1‘they waited in vain for a response’


    SYNONYMS

    unsuccessfully, vainly, without success, to no avail, to no purpose, ineffectually, with no result, fruitlessly, profitlessly, unproductively

    ANTONYMS

    successfully

    2‘his efforts were in vain’


    SYNONYMS

    futile, useless, pointless, to no purpose, worthless, nugatory

    ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, powerless, unavailing, to no avail, fruitless, profitless, unproductive

    unsuccessful, without success, abortive

    thwarted, balked, frustrated, foiled

    archaic

    bootless

    ANTONYMS

    successful, productive