- The definition of fatuous is foolish or silly.
An example of fatuous is the nature of a clown.
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- complacently stupid or inane; silly; foolish
- Archaic like an ignis fatuus; illusory; unreal
Origin: Classical Latin fatuus, foolish ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhāt-, to strike from source batter
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Origin: From Latin fatuus.
- fatˈu·ous·ly adverb
- fatˈu·ous·ness noun