Character 6
Hyphenation vain ly
Pronunciations /ˈveɪnli/

Definitions and meanings of "Vainly"

What do we mean by vainly?

In a vain pursuit; to no avail; She searched vainly for her reflection in the shattered mirror.

With a vain attitude; in a self-approving manner; She stared vainly at her reflection in the mirror.

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The word "vainly" in example sentences

While the woman goggled at me, her brain vainly attempting to take precious processing cycles away from analyzing reality TV to comprehend what had just been said to her, I stepped around her, handed my jar of salsa to the cashier, and completed my purchase. ❋ Archmage (2008)

It was plain that he had been misled for once, that what he suspected had not come to pass, and that he must seek elsewhere the light which had gleamed upon him vainly from the Danish town. ❋ Richard Doddridge (2004)

'I must insist,' he called vainly after the doctor, who prudently circled about the house and waited a quarter of an hour as he sat upon the wall, eavesdropping on the conversation of the two young people. ❋ De Bernieres, Louis (2003)

Never before was such lightning and thunder of artillery heard, most of which, notwithstanding, went vainly from the Spanish, flying clear over the ❋ Lucy Foster Madison (1898)

Catholic, a name vainly usurped by the Romanists, ii. ❋ 1634-1716 (1823)

Orlando, utterly unable to answer this raillery, now wished her once more health and happiness; and said (again vainly attempting to appear unconcerned) – 'I really do not love to contradict ladies, my dear Mrs Lennard! so you must have your own way, however your suspicions may wrong me.' ❋ Unknown (1793)

For those who are clicking from FiveThirtyEight to Politico to Drudge and back again vainly searching for fresh information on Tuesday’s elections, there’s good news: Web sites like Twitter and YouTube are providing real-time updates from the polls, voter by voter. ❋ Unknown (2008)

Narby was in full flight, with Hugh and Ertz calling vainly after him. ❋ Unknown (2010)

A shouting match ensued, with Eckert and Abul Hadi calling vainly for calm and fair play while Aunt Emma moaned and Thora Scranton watched with clinical fascination. ❋ May, Julian, 1931- (1998)

Samantha read the large curlicue lettering aloud, Praises on stones are titles vainly lent. ❋ Deighton, Len, 1929- (1964)

It was strange to reflect that even now visiphones might be called vainly in the lost cities. ❋ Clarke, Arthur C. (1953)

Many of them had lain all night, with shattered bones, or weak with loss of blood, calling vainly for help, or water, or death. ❋ Dudley Landon Vaill (N/A)

Mavis called vainly for some minutes, till, at last, Jill appeared, carrying the man's collar in her mouth. ❋ Unknown (1909)

Sheldon had called vainly to the house-boys, who, at the moment, were dosing the remaining patients in the hospital. ❋ Jack London (1896)

'The spectacle of thousands of British subjects kept permanently in the position of helots, constantly chafing under undoubted grievances, and calling vainly to her Majesty's Government for redress, does steadily undermine the influence and reputation of Great Britain within the ❋ Arthur Conan Doyle (1894)

He did not seek to rush after them, floundering here and there in the semi-darkness and calling vainly, but hurried back to the town. ❋ Unknown (1890)

Anne; Essex, calling vainly for the royal ring that was to have saved him; Leicester, the Lucky, a more contented ghost, returning in pleasing reminiscence to the scenes of his earthly triumphs, comfortably oblivious of his earthly crimes. ❋ La Salle Corbell Pickett (1889)

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