A vain man.
- An example of vain is a promise that someone doesn't intend to keep.
- An example of vain is an attempt to prune a bush only to have it removed the following day.
- An example of vain is a person who constantly talks about how good looking they are.
The definition of vain is someone or something without value, without force or who is conceited.
- having no real value or significance; worthless, empty, idle, hollow, etc.: vain pomp
- without force or effect; futile, fruitless, unprofitable, unavailing, etc.: a vain endeavor
- having or showing an excessively high regard for one's self, looks, possessions, ability, etc.; indulging in or resulting from personal vanity; conceited
- Archaic lacking in sense; foolish
Origin of vainOld French from Classical Latin vanus, empty, vain: see want
- fruitlessly; vainly
- lightly; profanely; irreverently
- Not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless: a vain attempt.
- Lacking substance or worth: vain talk.
- Having or showing excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.
- Archaic Foolish.
Origin of vainMiddle English from Old French from Latin vānus empty ; see euə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative vainer or more vain, superlative vainest or most vain)
- Overly proud of oneself, especially concerning appearance; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason.
- Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
- Effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
- vain toil; a vain attempt
- Showy; ostentatious.
From Middle English, from Old French vain, from Latin vÄnus (“empty")