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Meaning of inner by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • Rhymes: -ɪnə( ɹ )


    inner ( not generally comparable; comparative innermost, superlative most inner )

    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 ) .



    Derived terms


    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 .


    • niner, renin

Explanation of inner by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. inside or closer to the inside of the body

    2. the inner ear
    3. located or occurring within or closer to a center

    4. an inner room
    5. located inward

    6. Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody record of a tremendous inner battle- Leonard Bernstein
    7. innermost or essential

    8. the inner logic of Cubism
    9. exclusive to a center

    10. inner regions of the organization
      inner circles of government
    11. confined to an exclusive group

    12. privy to inner knowledge