Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms.


Not animated or energetic; dull.


Belonging to the class of nouns that stand for nonliving things.

To infuse life or vigor into; animate; quicken.

In grammar, denoting inanimate things: applied to a phase of ‘gender’ distinction.

Not animate; having lost life or vital force: as, the inanimate body of a man.

Not animated; without vivacity or briskness; spiritless; inactive; sluggish; dull: as, inanimate movements; inanimate conversation.

Synonyms Dead, lifeless, inert, soulless, spiritless.

transitive verb

To animate.


Not animate; destitute of life or spirit; lifeless; dead; inactive; dull.