1645–55; from Latin vacuus “empty”; see -ous (Source: dictionary.com)
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘empty of matter’): from Latin vacuus ‘empty’ + -ous. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Vacuous
- without contents; empty:
- lacking in ideas or intelligence:
- expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid:
- purposeless; idle:
- containing nothing; empty
- bereft of ideas or intelligence; mindless
- characterized by or resulting from vacancy of minda vacuous gaze
- indulging in no useful mental or physical activity; idle
- logic maths (of an operator or expression) having no import; idle: in (x) (John is tall) the quantifier (x) is vacuous
- Having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless.
- : emptied of or lacking content
- : marked by lack of ideas or intelligence : stupid, inane a vacuous mind a vacuous movie
- : devoid of serious occupation : idle
Example sentences for Vacuous
- Smith speaks with perfect articulation and a vacuous undertone laces her words.
- The assumption that feminism comes in a neat, Xeroxable package is gravely outmoded and vacuous.
- Speaking of Daisy, Mulligan does as elegant a job as possible portraying such a vacuous character.
- In America, however, there is a stubborn strain of vacuous unawareness that reflects no credit on American society.
- That vacuous content which engrosses the body after long indisposition, held her imperatively.
- But they were nowhere to be seen; the faces were stolid, or indifferent, or intent, or vacuous.
- He was in his ghostly incognito, for he always traveled lightly in vacuous and doubtful regions.
- The counsel of the vacuous Mr. Fopling followed him to ring in his ears like words of guidance.
- Vacuous refers to the condition of being empty or vacant, regarded as continuous or characteristic.
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