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

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But, unable to find the right director, Mr. Volpe turned again to Mr. Zeffirelli, who gave audiences an even more luridly tasteless take on the work. New York Times, "Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded.," 17 June 2019 The idea of, say, George H. W. Bush or Ronald Reagan sporting beards is absurd; in their day, few Republican veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam viewed beards on the political class as anything more than tasteless hippie individualism. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 These sloppy, tasteless cookies are unimpressive in every way. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best chocolate sandwich cookies," 8 June 2019 And while the idea of renting furniture can conjure up tasteless connotations, Feather’s offerings are anything but. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Rent the Room: Is the Furniture Industry About to Be Disrupted?," 15 May 2019 Chemical weapons tend to be invisible, odorless and tasteless. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 But when it was first offered last year, Chipotle’s health-conscious rendition of queso was derided as grainy and tasteless (in an echo of Burger King’s deeply unpopular lower-fat Satisfries french fries a few years earlier). Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, "Meat Wrapped in Meat. Doughnut Sandwiches. Want Some of Fast Food’s Big Ideas?," 22 June 2018 Applied to food, the bar codes are invisible, tasteless and safe to eat. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Six Technologies That Could Shake the Food World," 2 Oct. 2018 But here in America, for a tragic half century, eggs have been culinarily pedestrian—scrambled or fried at breakfast to the consistency of cardboard, tasteless yolks blending with bland whites. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 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 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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