Vain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |veɪn|  American pronunciation of the word vain
Brit.  |veɪn|  British pronunciation of the word vain


- characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance (syn: conceited, egotistic, egotistical, swollen)
vain about her clothes
- unproductive of success (syn: bootless, fruitless, futile)
a vain attempt

Extra examples

She is very vain about her appearance.

He is the vainest man I know.

A vain effort to quell the public's fears only made matters worse.

Volunteers searched the area in the vain hope of finding clues.

It is vain to protest.

Men can be just as vain as women.

The young mother died in a vain attempt to save her drowning son. her article the professor resorts to garrulity in a vain attempt to disguise the fact that she has very little worth saying...

She has labored in vain to convince them to accept her proposal.

Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain ...

In vain the captain fretted over the delay.

He had been amused so long with vain expectations.

The doctors tried in vain to pull him round.

They sought brake and thicket, in vain.

In vain I shifted my aching legs and worked my benumbed hands.

Word forms

comparative: vainer
superlative: vainest
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