tep·​id ˈte-pəd How to pronounce tepid (audio)
: moderately warm : lukewarm
a tepid bath
: lacking in passion, force, or zest
tepid poetry
: marked by an absence of enthusiasm or conviction
a tepid interest
a tepid response
tepidity noun
tepidly adverb
tepidness noun

Example Sentences

He gave a tepid performance. My suggestion was given a tepid response.
Recent Examples on the Web But the iPhone 14 Plus — a new format that has seen a tepid response from consumers — didn’t launch until the current quarter. Mark Gurman, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2022 Yet, some analysts argue that thus far the administration has offered only a tepid response to the crackdown on the demonstrations. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Oct. 2022 When some lawmakers offered a tepid response to his call for a quick three-week turnaround to pass the laws, Newsom warned that history would judge their actions. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 There was still no real introduction of Madison Rayne to this audience, and therefore there was a tepid reaction to her as a performer, let alone a potential threat to Jade Cargill. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Industry observers in Alaska give several reasons for the tepid job growth in the oil patch. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2022 The World Bank sharply lowered its growth forecast for the global economy for this year, warning of several years of high inflation and tepid growth reminiscent of the stagflation of the 1970s. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, 7 June 2022 While some saw tepid growth in recent months, others watched their follower counts shrink — an indication that some fans might have decided to tune them out. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 But the Biden administration's tepid reaction to the proposal may have contributed to the decision to shelf it. Nancy Cordes, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English teped, from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be moderately warm; akin to Sanskrit tapati it heats, Old Irish tess heat

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tepid was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tepid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepid. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



tep·​id ˈtep-əd How to pronounce tepid (audio)
: lukewarm
a tepid bath
: lacking enthusiasm or conviction : halfhearted
a tepid response

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