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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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 Both fondant and gum paste have a reputation for being tasteless. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 One particularly tasteless cartoon got him banned from the Miami Herald forever. refinery29.com, "How John Callahan Used His Disability To Fuel Fearlessly Funny Cartoons," 13 July 2018 On Thursday morning, the First Lady left her tasteless Zara jacket and stilettos at home and instead sported a simple black-and-white look on her second trip to a child detention center in Tucson, Arizona. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Melania Leaves Controversial Jacket at Home on Second Trip to Detention Center," 28 June 2018 And the surf-and-turf is strangely both tasteless and too spicy. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Condado Tacos a natural fit at The Banks. Here are our recommendations.," 29 June 2018 Former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was the butt of a tasteless, racist joke. Felice León, The Root, "Here’s Why Black Women Take the High Road," 1 June 2018 His filmography is a who's who of ridiculous movies that are somehow at once artful and completely tasteless (his previous film, Love, was released in 3D and features a real handjob as its opening scene). Tom Philip, GQ, "Provocative Movie Director Gaspar Noé Has Finally Gone Too Far," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of tasteless

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of tasteless was in 1591

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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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