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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vain mean? 

VAIN (adjective)
  The adjective VAIN has 2 senses:

1. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
2. unproductive of success

  Familiarity information: VAIN used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

VAIN (adjective)

Sense 1vain [BACK TO TOP]


Characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance


swollen-headed; self-conceited; vain; conceited; egotistical; egotistic; swollen

Context examples:

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


proud (feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride)

Sense 2vain [BACK TO TOP]


Unproductive of success


bootless; fruitless; futile; sleeveless; vain

Context examples:

a fruitless search / futile years after her artistic peak / a sleeveless errand / a vain attempt


unproductive (not producing or capable of producing)

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