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

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 Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock across the face after Rock made a tasteless joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. ELLE, 28 Mar. 2022 Having such a theme as the foundation for a show could easily veer corny, if not tasteless. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 6 May 2022 Without exception, the works showcased in the Decentral Art Pavilion were banal, tasteless and pointlessly surreal. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 The patty did appear to be a whole chicken breast, but was tasteless and slightly on the dry side. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 The details — from the patty of tasteless Land O’ Lakes butter Thai Airways served on Ghosh’s first flight to the U.S., to the crazed adventure that was pandemic panic-shopping — are vivid and personal. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 Grubhub’s European owner has served investors some tasteless meals lately, despite good ingredients. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 The smackdown was sad, casting a pall over everyone involved: Rock’s joke was tasteless, and Smith’s reaction inexcusable. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 Assault is never a justifiable comeback to a joke, however tasteless, but violence on someone else's behalf is even murkier territory. Holly Thomas, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tasteless

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Tasteless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tasteless. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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