Spanish translation of 'vain'
- (= useless)
⇒ in vain[try, struggle]
⇒ all our efforts were in vain
todos nuestros esfuerzos fueron en vano or resultaron inútiles
⇒ I stayed, in the vain hope that ...
me quedé con la vana esperanza de que ...
idiom: to take sb's name in vain
hablar con poco respeto de algn
⇒ to take the Lord's name in vain
tomar el nombre de Dios en vano
Word forms:comparative vainer, superlative vainest(= conceited)
⇒ she is very vain about her hair
siempre está arreglándose el pelo
Example Sentences Including 'vain'
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Taking the family name in vain?Times, Sunday Times (2011)
For a man so vain about his face, why is he content to flaunt his wrinkly torso and pot belly?The Sun (2008)
That's what happens when you use my name in vain.The Sun (2015)
One looks in vain for the comedian's classic sad childhood.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
They just think you're vain and self-obsessed.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
We hug the coastline in a vain attempt to seek shelter from the wind.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
He had also removed the radio and batteries from the aircraft in a vain attempt to call for help.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
He was paralysed all down one side, which is awful for a man who is vain.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Miles will not have died in vain.The Sun (2016)
Other companies will have to act on costs after months of hanging on in the vain hope of a revival.The Sun (2009)
Please do not allow him to die in vain.The Sun (2009)
Residents said his brother was screaming hysterically as paramedics fought in vain to save him.The Sun (2014)
The Year 9 pupil was taken to hospital where doctors spent four days battling in vain to save him.The Sun (2016)
Vets tried in vain to save two others.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
When they finally realise such efforts are in vain they fulfil them by rote through gritted teeth.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Are you vain and shallow?Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Indeed, he's so vain he might think this sketch is about him.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
That should also be a vain hope.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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'vain' in Other Languages
British English: vain /veɪn/ ADJECTIVE
attempt A vain attempt or action is one that fails to achieve what was intended.
The drafting committee worked through the night in a vain attempt to finish on schedule.
- American English: vain
- Arabic: باَطِل
- Brazilian Portuguese: vaidoso
- Chinese: 徒然的
- Croatian: uzaludan
- Czech: marný bezvýsledný
- Danish: frugtesløs
- Dutch: vergeefs
- European Spanish: vano
- Finnish: turhamainen
- French: vaniteux
- German: eitel
- Greek: μάταιος
- Italian: vano
- Japanese: うぬぼれの強い
- Korean: 허영심이 강한
- Norwegian: forfengelig
- Polish: próżny zadufany
- European Portuguese: vaidoso
- Romanian: zadarnic
- Russian: тщетный
- Spanish: vanidoso
- Swedish: fåfäng
- Thai: ไร้ประโยชน์
- Turkish: kendini beğenmiş
- Ukrainian: марний
- Vietnamese: vô hiệu
British English: vain ADJECTIVE
person If you describe someone as vain, you are critical of their extreme pride in their own beauty, intelligence, or other good qualities.
He wasn't so vain as to think he was smarter than his boss.
Translation of vain from the Collins English to Spanish Dictionary