\ˈbland \

Definition of bland 

1a : smooth and soothing in manner or quality bland approval a bland smile

b : exhibiting no personal concern or embarrassment : unperturbed a bland confession of guilt

2a : not irritating, stimulating, or invigorating : soothing a bland oil the bland climate of the southern coast

b : dull, insipid bland stories with little plot or action a bland rendition of the song

c : lacking strong flavor Expect both kinds of salsify to be subtle and delicate—too bland for some tastebuds.— Elizabeth Schneider

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Other Words from bland

blandly \ˈblan(d)-​lē \ adverb
blandness \ˈblan(d)-​nəs \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for bland

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction. a suave public relations coordinator urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience. an urbane traveler diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully. a diplomatic negotiator bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities. a bland master of ceremonies smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity. a smooth salesman politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people. a cunningly politic manager

Examples of bland in a Sentence

The vegetable soup was rather bland. The diplomat's bland statement did nothing to calm the situation.

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Migo has a stock set of wacky sidekicks (voiced by Zendaya, LeBron James, Gina Rodriquez and Ely Henry) who provide moments of bland, broad slapstick but little else. Brent Mcknight, The Seattle Times, "‘Smallfoot’: Cute animated adventure walks a predictable path," 25 Sep. 2018 This took a little while for the DNC to issue a very fairly bland statement about. Fox News, "Lynne Patton responds to Omarosa audio tape," 15 Aug. 2018 It was originally concocted to add some flavor to the often bland cuisine of the Reconstruction South. Southern Living, "5 Awesome Products Surprisingly Made in the South," 20 June 2018 The project’s goal was to cultivate community awareness and strengthen relationships while developing civic pride and beautifying an otherwise bland, unremarkable wall. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Community-driven mosaic mural brightens Mitchell Road in Norcross," 10 May 2018 The Stymied Stream of Consciousness, Part I: The Judy presented here is part of what’s bland in this show; Frank and Field overcompensate by cranking the volume, making Judy more of a brat. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treasure the pirate in First Stage's 'Judy Moody and Stink'," 5 May 2018 To make matters worse, Disobedience is—for the most part—hellishly bland to look at. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Disobedience Is a Drab Story of Forbidden Love," 27 Apr. 2018 But for everybody else, a show without Superman and centered around his rather bland grandfather, well, that's a pretty tough sell, so a little more enthusiasm and zing from everyone would have been welcome. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Krypton': TV Review | SXSW 2018," 16 Mar. 2018 It’s left to his wife to sort out what became of a fellow who seemed bland and uncomplicated to his closest pals but who is downright mysterious in his absence. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Collected Millar’ Review: She Kept Us in Suspense," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bland

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bland

Latin blandus

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English Language Learners Definition of bland

: not interesting or exciting

: lacking strong flavor

: showing no emotion, concern, etc.


\ˈbland \
blander; blandest

Kids Definition of bland

1 : not interesting or exiciting a bland story

2 : not having much flavor a bland soup

3 : not showing emotion a bland face

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