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Adjective: vain (vainer,vainest)  veyn
  1. Characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    "vain about her clothes";
    - conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, puffed-up, swellheaded [N. Amer]
     
  2. Unproductive of success
    "a vain attempt";
    - bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless

Sounds like: vails, vain, van

Derived forms: vainer, vainest

See also: proud, unproductive

Encyclopedia: Vain