\ ˈbland How to pronounce bland (audio) \

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

Other Words from bland

blandly \ ˈblan(d)-​lē How to pronounce bland (audio) \ adverb
blandness \ ˈblan(d)-​nəs How to pronounce bland (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Cauliflower used to be seen as a bland, mushy vegetable served as a side dish. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2022 But today’s fashion TikTok-verse seems bland in comparison to its early days, and so do the trends that have flourished from there. Frances Solá-santiago,, 5 Sep. 2022 Where many Americans would expect the familiar, slightly bland flavor of milk chocolate, there’s an earthy, creamy sweetness—perfect for people who, like me, get a little queasy after a few pieces of sickly sweet Halloween candy. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2022 The irony to me, and to many, is that networks have destroyed themselves with really bland, cookie-cutting programing over the years and people turned them off more and more. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2022 So many athletes now are bland and guarded about their lives, their opinions — about everything, really. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 29 Aug. 2022 Press appearances are more limited and tightly controlled, and athletes heavily coached on how to remain bland no matter the line of questioning. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Aug. 2022 According to the conventional wisdom, real white culture — WASP-y amusements like golf, buffet dining and classical music — is comically bland. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2022 Moment-to-moment combat and driving sequences feel bland. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for bland


\ ˈbland How to pronounce bland (audio) \
blander; blandest

Kids Definition of bland

1 : not interesting or exciting a bland story
2 : not having much flavor a bland soup
3 : not showing emotion a bland face

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