- An example of a supine action is someone lying on her back.
- An example of a supine reaction is not caring when someone is injured.
- lying on the back, face upward
- with the palm upward or away from the body: said of the hand
- Old Poet. leaning or sloping backward
- mentally or morally inactive; sluggish; listless; passive
Origin of supineClassical Latin supinus, probably akin to sub-: see sub-
- a Latin verbal noun formed from the stem of the past participle and having only an accusative and an ablative form
- an infinitive in English preceded by to
- Lying on the back or having the face upward.
- Having the palm upward. Used of the hand.
- Marked by or showing lethargy, passivity, or blameworthy indifference: “No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried” ( Theodore Roosevelt )
Origin of supineMiddle English supin Latin verbal noun from Late Latin supīnum (verbum) (verb) lying on its back, (verb) going back neuter of Latin supīnus ; see upo in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more supine, superlative most supine)
- (grammar) A type of verbal noun.
From Middle English supin, from Latin supinum, supinus. Grammatical meaning is from the phrase supinum verbum.