This might be a slightly odd ask, but I'm looking for an adjective that might describe a question asked out of boredom. Something that is tedious and uninspired. I had something the other day but forgot to write it down and it's driving me up the wall. I believe it started with a 'p' and can't find anything in the thesaurus. Thanks.

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an idle question

without any particular purpose:

-Cambridge online

An idle question is asked out of boredom, or sheer obstinacy.

  • Still struggling to find the 'P" word... Oct 30, 2020 at 22:42
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    I found it at last. Perfunctory. Now that I think about it though, it might not be the best word to apply here. An idle question though... Thanks very much! Oct 30, 2020 at 22:47
  • If you like the answer you should accept it.
    – Anton
    Oct 31, 2020 at 0:02
  • @Anton For me, I expect that an accepted answer should only occur after a "trial" period of 24 hours...otherwise it might discourage other more relevant ideas from newer users. I believe that it is a long-accepted site etiquette. Oct 31, 2020 at 0:05
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    @Cascabel Point taken. It was late. You are correct.
    – Anton
    Oct 31, 2020 at 7:43

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