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

Examples of tepid in a Sentence

He gave a tepid performance. My suggestion was given a tepid response.
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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 17 Apr. 2024.

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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