tep·​id | \ˈte-pəd \

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 , te-​ \ noun
tepidly \ ˈte-​pəd-​lē \ 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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With stock prices relatively low at the time and economic activity tepid, share buybacks were one of companies’ key sources of earnings growth. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Stock Buybacks Are Booming, but Share Prices Aren’t Budging," 8 July 2018 Since that legislation’s passage, economic growth in the U.S. has actually slowed; consumer spending and wage growth has been tepid; and business investment, unremarkable. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Most Americans’ Wages Have Actually Declined Over the Past Year," 13 June 2018 Frontier, which has a history of abandoning routes that do not meet expectations, is discontinuing several other routes that had tepid demand. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "February route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service," 25 Feb. 2018 Su Casa’s chicken tortilla soup arrived at a truly hot temperature, not tepid, as is often the case even in up-market restaurants. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Su Casa serves Mexican fare with flair," 13 June 2018 Even with the tepid market response Monday, Xiaomi still convinced a number of high-profile investors to buy shares. Alexandra Stevenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Xiaomi’s weak IPO raises doubts about China’s tech boom," 9 July 2018 Yet compared with these performers, his new special seems a little tepid. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "The W. Kamau Bell Legacy: A Talk Show Five Years Ahead of Its Time," 26 June 2018 But price cutting by competitors and tepid demand for items like basketball shoes have hammered the stock and put pressure on profit margins. Fortune, "Dick's Sporting Goods Is Tumbling – But Don't Blame Its New Policy on Guns," 13 Mar. 2018 The move startled industry observers as Ford struggles to gain footing after offering a tepid outlook for 2018. Phoebe Wall Howard, USA TODAY, "Ford's China CEO quits abruptly citing 'personal reasons'," 31 Jan. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of tepid

: lukewarm sense 1 tepid water

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