What does the word vain mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Vainness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Vainly.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Empty; unreal; ineffectual; fruitless.

Usage examples for vain

  1. Each tried very hard to find something to say, but in vain. – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  2. Not in vain, dearest! – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  3. I wonder if you'd think me vain if I asked you something that I want to know? – Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott