taste·​less | \ ˈtāst-ləs \

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

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In the current #NeverAgain era, a comedy focusing on two high school kids whose response to bullies includes murder and a plan to blow up a school feels tasteless and insensitive, even before the casual homophobia and jokes around teen suicide. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "The TV reboot of Heathers was doomed from the start," 31 Oct. 2018 Antibiotics, hormones, a cancer drug, a chemical found in gasoline, antiseizure medication...research shows that hundreds of unregulated contaminants may be flowing from my tap — largely invisible, tasteless, and undetectable. Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 This arrangement yielded worse eggs—not only tasteless but high in cholesterol and lower in vitamins. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 There's nothing worse than a dry, tasteless turkey. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "Should You Really Roast Your Turkey Upside Down?," 30 Aug. 2018 And in my experience, the result inevitably ends up tasteless. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Alex Hitz's Oyster Stew Recipe," 19 Dec. 2012 So, what did Caitlyn have to say in response to Ricky's potentially tasteless humor? Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Caitlyn Jenner's Response to Ricky Gervais? Usurping His Golden Globes Throne," 15 Jan. 2016 There are many people who believe that tattoos are dangerous or tasteless or that the body shouldn’t be defaced. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "An artful display of permanent regrets," 6 June 2018 Your gift is thoughtless, lazy, tasteless. I was sufficiently shamed. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "What giving my mom the worst Mother's Day gift ever taught me," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of tasteless

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of tasteless

: not having much flavor

: not having or showing good taste : not tasteful


taste·​less | \ ˈtāst-ləs \

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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