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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fach-oo-uh s]
    • /ˈfætʃ u əs/
    • /ˈfæt.ju.əs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fach-oo-uh s]
    • /ˈfætʃ u əs/

Definitions of fatuous word

  • adjective fatuous foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly. 1
  • adjective fatuous unreal; illusory. 1
  • noun fatuous Silly and pointless. 1
  • adjective fatuous idiotic, mindless 1
  • adjective fatuous If you describe a person, action, or remark as fatuous, you think that they are extremely silly, showing a lack of intelligence or thought. 0
  • adjective fatuous complacently or inanely foolish 0

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Origin of fatuous

First appearance:

before 1625
One of the 42% oldest English words
1625-35; < Latin fatuus silly, foolish, idiotic; see -ous

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Parts of speech for Fatuous


fatuous popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fatuous

adj fatuous

  • absurd — If you say that something is absurd, you are criticizing it because you think that it is ridiculous or that it does not make sense.
  • asinine — If you describe something or someone as asinine, you mean that they are very foolish.
  • brainless — If you describe someone or something as brainless, you mean that you think they are stupid.
  • dense — Something that is dense contains a lot of things or people in a small area.
  • dull — not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.

adjective fatuous

  • unintelligent — deficient in intelligence; dull; stupid.
  • complacent — A complacent person is very pleased with themselves or feels that they do not need to do anything about a situation, even though the situation may be uncertain or dangerous.
  • unaware — not aware or conscious; unconscious: to be unaware of any change.
  • childish — Childish means relating to or typical of a child.
  • pointless — without a point: a pointless pen.

Antonyms for fatuous

adj fatuous

  • aware — If you are aware of something, you know about it.
  • intelligent — having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals: an intelligent student.
  • sensible — having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.
  • bright — A bright colour is strong and noticeable, and not dark.
  • keen — finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily: a keen razor.

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