Definition of vain:
- Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.
- Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
- Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
- Showy; ostentatious.
- Vanity; emptiness; - now used only in the phrase in vain.
self-loving, thrive, unreal, biggety, petty, Midland, unprofitable, bootless, overweening, hollow, null, profitless, otiose, consequential, vacant, trifling, no-good, unavailing, self-love, unsatisfying, idle, delusive, used, nugatory, superior, deceitful, proud, vapid, conceited, complacent, valueless, bigheaded, chaffy, fruitless, inconstant, ineffective, junky, unsubstantial, full, unserviceable, barren, trivial, inefficacious, patronizing, sleeveless, swollen-headed, important, unimportant, prideful, insignificant, swollen, shadowy, unproductive, stuck-up, worthless, self-opinionated, egoistical, egotistical, self-conceited, immodest, baseless, empty, visionary, frivolous, hollow, futile, egotistic.
ostentatious (part of speech: adjective)
- proud (part of speech: adjective)
- boastful (part of speech: adjective)
- selfish (part of speech: adjective)
- vain (part of speech: adjective)
- unsuccessful (part of speech: adjective)
- "Ethel Morton at Chautauqua", Mabell S. C. Smith.
- "Eskimo Folktales", Unknown.
- "Rollo in Geneva", Jacob Abbott.