Definitions of vain

  1. Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
  2. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  3. Vainest.
  4. Vanity; emptiness; - now used only in the phrase in vain.
  5. Vainness.
  6. Vainly.
  7. unproductive of success; " a fruitless search"; " futile years after her artistic peak"; " a sleeveless errand"; " a vain attempt"
  8. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self- importance; " a conceited fool"; " an attitude of self- conceited arrogance"; " an egotistical disregard of others"; " so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; " growing ever more swollen- headed and arbitrary"; " vain about her clothes"
  9. Valueless; empty; trifling; as, vain words; without force or effect useless; as, rain efforts; proud of small accomplishments or of personal appearance; conceited; as, a vain person; showy: in vain, without success.
  10. Unsatisfying: fruitless: unreal: conceited: showy: vacant, worthless, so in B.
  11. Fruitless; ineffectual; conceited; showy.
  12. Empty; unreal; ineffectual; fruitless.
  13. Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance; fruitless; ineffectual; proud of trifling attainments; conceited; unreal; ostentatious; inconstant; unsatisfying; deceitful; having no efficacy. In vain, to no purpose; with levity or profaneness.
  14. Proud of trifling attainments; having an unduly high opinion of one's own accomplishments; ineffectual; fruitless, as an effort; unsatisfying.
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