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 tepidity (audio) , te-​ \ noun
tepidly \ ˈte-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce tepidly (audio) \ 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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Nothing in America’s tepid 19th-century contributions to European classical music adumbrated it; nor did the homely and sometimes hokey popular songs of Stephen Foster. Heather Mac Donald, National Review, "The American Songbook," 22 Aug. 2019 Almost a week later, Matthew Cheung, the chief secretary and the head of all civil services, made a tepid apology for the mishandling of the Yuen Long incident. The Economist, "Protesters are fighting for an open society," 20 Aug. 2019 Everton and Watford - two sides who were disappointing on the first weekend - played out an another tepid game at Goodison Park, which ended in a 1-0 victory to the Toffees. SI.com, "Everton 1-0 Watford: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Toffees Eek Out Uninspiring Home Win," 17 Aug. 2019 But the tepid rebound is a sign that investors are still nervous. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Dow rises 100 points after Monday's bloodbath," 13 Aug. 2019 The current economic slowdown has been widely attributed to tepid demand. Rahul Menon, Quartz India, "India’s economic slump is far too deep to be tackled with mere tinkering of interest rates," 7 Aug. 2019 Schroeck unwittingly predicted state regulators' tepid interest in the issue. Keith Matheny, Freep.com, "Plastics pollution? Course urged golfers to hit balls into Lake Michigan," 22 July 2019 Less well appreciated is that such tepid conditions have a potential silver lining for the billions of people living in financially exposed emerging economies. The Economist, "The biggest winners from the Fed’s rate cut," 1 Aug. 2019 After first lady Melania Trump, the president's daughter Ivanka, and several republican lawmakers expressed their concerns about the ugly scene, the president offered a tepid rebuke. CBS News, "Trump reverses course, backs supporters who chanted "send her back" at rally," 20 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tepid

: not hot and not cold
: 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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