Word of the Week (WOW) – Vacuous

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Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link).

I’m up to the letter V this week so I’ll be looking for a good word beginning with W

So, here is my WOW for this week:

vacuous

 Word: 

Vacuous

Pronunciation

vac·u·ous  (vak-yoo-uh s)

Audio Link: 

Vacuous

Part of Speech: 

Adjective

Related Forms:

Adverb: vacuously

Noun: vacuousness

 Meaning:

1. Lacking intelligence; stupid or empty-headed.

2. Devoid of expression; vacant: a vacuous stare.

3. Lacking substance or meaning; vapid or inane e.g. a vacuous comment.

4. Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle: e.g. After a night almost devoid of sleep, John had a vacuous day at the office:

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5. Devoid of matter; empty: e.g. a vacuous space.

Empty room in Group Omicrone. Author DK dence. Commons
Empty room in Group Omicrone. Author DK dence. Commons

Synonyms:

Vapid, stupid, inane, asinine, blank, mindless, meaningless, fatuous, vacant, empty, unintelligent, incommunicative, uncommunicative.

Antonym: 

Full

Word Origin:

1640s: empty, from Latin vacuus – empty, void, free (as in vacuum). The figurative sense of ‘empty of ideas’ is from 1848.

Use in a Sentence:

1. John worried that after a few too many cocktails, Erica’s mind would become vacuous:

shutterstock_117742627 2. The demonstrators were chanting particularly vacuous slogans:

3. (Adverb use). At weekends, Kathy gossiped vacuously for hours with her friends:

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If you’d like to see more interesting words visit Heena’s page:

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9 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Vacuous

    1. Thank you, Ann. I’ve been ‘offline’ (if there is such a word for having no internet) for a week, but I hope to get back to normal soon. I have a lot of things to play catch up on. 🙂

      1. Well, we didn’t have any choice, Ann. The internet is always dodgy in our small village, and it was almost a week before engineers deigned to come out this time! Still, we’re OK now and I’ve stopped grumbling.

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