inner

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Middle English, from Old English innera, comparative of inne (within), from Proto-Indo-European *in.

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inner (not generally comparable, comparative -, superlative innermost)

  1. Being or occurring (farther) inside, situated farther in, located (situated) or happening on the inside of something, situated within or farther within contained within something.
    inner door;  inner room;  inner sanctum;  inner surface
  2. Close to the centre, located near or closer to center.
    the inner suburbs
  3. Inside or closer to the inside of the body.
    inner ear
  4. Of mind or spirit, relating to the mind or spirit, to spiritual or mental processes, mental, spiritual, relating to somebody's private feelings or happening in somebody's mind, existing as an often repressed part of one's psychological makeup.
    inner confidence;  inner strength;  inner life;  inner child;  inner artist;  inner peace;  inner light
  5. Not obvious, private, not expressed, not apparent, hidden, less apparent, deeper, obscure, ; innermost or essential, needing to be examined closely or thought about in order to be seen or understood.
    inner meaning;  inner resources;  inner logic
  6. Privileged, more or most privileged, more or most influential, intimate, exclusive, more important, more intimate, private, secret, confined to an exclusive group, exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence being near a center especially of influence.
    inner circle;  inner council
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother [] considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, from which every Kensingtonian held aloof, except on the conventional tip-and-run excursions in pursuit of shopping, tea and theatres.

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inner (plural inners)

  1. An inner part.
  2. A forward who plays in or near the center of the field.
  3. (cricket) A thin glove worn inside batting gloves or wicket-keeping gloves.

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German innar.

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inner (not comparable)

  1. inner

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Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 06:39