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 Even nutritional supplements that profess to be tasteless can still be an uncomfortable experience for your taste buds. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best protein powder: Better nutrition in a bottle," 11 Jan. 2021 The early praise gave way to a flood of criticism: Thousands of articles and tweets took issue with the author’s identity, the book itself, and, crucially, a massive marketing push that was viewed as tasteless and misleading. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 As long ago as the 1940s, some recipe columns were complaining that iceberg was tasteless compared with romaine. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Great American Salad Revolution," 1 Jan. 2021 The quality varies, too: sometimes pleasingly sweet and juicy, sometimes tasteless and bland. Jane Black, WSJ, "Why Mail-Order Citrus Is Totally Worth It: A Smart Shopper’s Guide," 17 Dec. 2020 Quarantine conjures up images of spartan accommodations and tasteless rations. Sarah Greaves-gabbadon, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Caribbean Quarantine at a Five-Star Resort," 14 Dec. 2020 Digging into any of these cheeses is a coveted balm for anyone who’s had to rely on the waxy, tasteless bricks from the local grocery store. Amy Schulman, Travel + Leisure, "How to Eat Like a New Yorker Wherever You Are," 8 Dec. 2020 Nice Washington angle, irreverence toward an American quasi-saint (but not tasteless, really), silly. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1413: Our new not-so-big top -- the Clowning Achievement trophy," 3 Dec. 2020 At best, Pompeo's initial response was a tasteless and extremely inappropriate. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Here’s Why Mike Pompeo’s Refusal To Acknowledge Biden’s Win Is Scaring People," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Tasteless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tasteless. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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