insipid


in·sip·id

adjective \in-ˈsi-pəd\

: not interesting or exciting : dull or boring

: lacking strong flavor

Full Definition of INSIPID

1
:  lacking taste or savor :  tasteless <insipid food>
2
:  lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge :  dull, flat <insipid prose>
in·si·pid·i·ty \ˌin-sə-ˈpi-də-tē\ noun
in·sip·id·ly \in-ˈsi-pəd-lē\ adverb

Examples of INSIPID

  1. The soup was rather insipid.
  2. <an apple pie with a mushy, insipid filling that strongly resembled soggy cardboard>
  3. While it is fashionable to write off that decade as an insipid time, one long pajama party, the '50s, in sport at least, were a revolutionary age. —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 27 Dec. 1999–31 Jan. 2000

Origin of INSIPID

French & Late Latin; French insipide, from Late Latin insipidus, from Latin in- + sapidus savory, from sapere to taste — more at sage
First Known Use: 1609

Synonym Discussion of INSIPID

insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, inane mean devoid of qualities that make for spirit and character. insipid implies a lack of sufficient taste or savor to please or interest <an insipid romance with platitudes on every page>. vapid suggests a lack of liveliness, force, or spirit <an exciting story given a vapid treatment>. flat applies to things that have lost their sparkle or zest <although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat>. jejune suggests a lack of rewarding or satisfying substance <a jejune and gassy speech>. banal stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy <a banal tale of unrequited love>. inane implies a lack of any significant or convincing quality <an inane interpretation of the play>.

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