The definition of innocuous is not harmful or not likely to offend.
An example of innocuous is playful teasing between friends.
- that does not injure or harm; harmless: an innocuous insect
- not controversial, offensive, or stimulating; dull and uninspiring: an innocuous speech
Origin of innocuousClassical Latin innocuus from in-, not + nocuus, harmful from nocere, to harm, injure: see necro-
- Having no adverse effect; harmless.
- Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid.
Origin of innocuousFrom Latin innocuus in- not ; see in- 1. nocuus harmful ( from nocēre to harm ; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.)
(comparative more innocuous, superlative most innocuous)
From Latin innocuus (“harmless”).