taste·​less | \ ˈtāst-ləs How to pronounce tasteless (audio) \

Definition of tasteless

1a : having no taste : insipid tasteless vegetables
b : arousing no interest : dull
2 : not having or exhibiting good taste a tasteless joke

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Other Words from tasteless

tastelessly adverb
tastelessness noun

Examples of tasteless in a Sentence

a vulgar and tasteless publicity stunt
Recent Examples on the Web All of it—nudes, texts with old flames, old Halloween costumes, angry emails, tasteless college jokes—just waiting to be mined and distributed into the court of public opinion. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Katie Hill is the First Millennial Lawmaker to Resign Because of Nudes. She Won't Be the Last," 30 Oct. 2019 The worst call it Galactlitcos, and these tasteless few are swiftly sectioned. SI.com, "Sliding Doors: Predicting the Rest of the Season Under Mourinho & Allegri if Zidane Is Sacked," 23 Oct. 2019 Instead of tasteless breadcrumbs, Wolf uses quinoa, which acts as a binder, while also keeping the burgers moist and adding a boost of nutrition. NBC News, "7 healthy ground turkey recipes for easy weeknight dinners," 21 Oct. 2019 The gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so public health experts strongly recommend installing detectors to protect residents. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, "House passes $300 million bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing," 10 Sep. 2019 In 2018, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles last year rejected about 3,800 proposals for personalized license plates that regulators considered too political, or tasteless. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Hilarious, disturbing and depraved: Rejected Texas vanity plates for 2018," 31 July 2019 Their music is loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Survival of Iggy Pop," 26 Aug. 2019 Frozen sushi, Marvin called it, fresh and cold, almost tasteless, with a note of steel from the knife blade. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 Thus, a tasteless joke tweeted out by an obscure PR professional named Justine Sacco culminates in a national mob’s successfully demanding her dismissal. Noah Rothman, National Review, "Kevin Williamson’s Revolt against the Hivemind," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of tasteless

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Tasteless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tasteless. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce tasteless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tasteless

: not having much flavor
: not having or showing good taste : not tasteful


taste·​less | \ ˈtāst-ləs How to pronounce tasteless (audio) \

Kids Definition of tasteless

1 : having little flavor a tasteless stew
2 : not having or showing the ability to choose what is good, beautiful, or proper a tasteless remark

Other Words from tasteless

tastelessly adverb

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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