tep·​id | \ ˈte-pəd How to pronounce tepid (audio) \

Definition of tepid

1 : moderately warm : lukewarm a tepid bath
2a : lacking in passion, force, or zest tepid poetry
b : marked by an absence of enthusiasm or conviction a tepid interest a tepid response

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Other Words from tepid

tepidity \ tə-​ˈpi-​də-​tē How to pronounce tepid (audio) , te-​ \ noun
tepidly \ ˈte-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce tepid (audio) \ adverb
tepidness noun

Examples of tepid in a Sentence

He gave a tepid performance. My suggestion was given a tepid response.
Recent Examples on the Web The Obama administration pushed policies that expanded the welfare state to the detriment of economic growth, and the trade-off was a long and tepid recovery. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2021 Once the initial heat faded, though, Broadway’s response felt tepid and tentative. Benjamin Wallace, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 The proxy fight never happened, but shareholders expressed their concern through tepid say-on-pay support. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 On Metacritic, the show has a tepid 52 rating out of 100. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 Other reactions to the record have been similarly tepid. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 23 Aug. 2021 Hot tubs at the edge of Lake Myvatn range from scalding hot to pleasantly tepid and everything in between. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 But a resurgent Taliban, tepid Afghan political support and dwindling international backing left him with few options, particularly as the U.S. military presence was drawn down. NBC News, 16 Aug. 2021 Democrats, who in 1993 had the White House and both Houses of Congress, gave only tepid support to a D.C. statehood bill, which died a quiet death. CBS News, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of tepid

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tepid

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

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“Tepid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepid. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tepid

: not hot and not cold : warm
: not energetic or excited


tep·​id | \ ˈte-pəd How to pronounce tepid (audio) \

Kids Definition of tepid

: lukewarm sense 1 tepid water

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