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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The forum was disbanded in August following Trump’s tepid response to attacks by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. Christopher Condon, latimes.com, "BMW and Hyundai join GM in pressing U.S. to forgo auto tariffs," 1 July 2018 The forum was disbanded in August following Trump’s tepid response to attacks by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bloomberg, Fortune, "BMW and Hyundai Join GM in Pressing U.S. to Forgo Auto Tariffs," 1 July 2018 Labor has previously said employers added a tepid 159,000 jobs in April, but the JOLTs report digs beneath the headline figure. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Did job openings stay near record level? Workers can only hope," 4 June 2018 The US Labor Department also on Friday released a tepid jobs report that showed March hiring was strong but the pace had slowed a bit from previous months. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "US financial markets slump on Trump’s threat to escalate trade dispute," 6 Apr. 2018 In a dissent of the travel ban ruling, Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered tepid applause. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Korematsu, Notorious Supreme Court Ruling on Japanese Internment, Is Finally Tossed Out," 26 June 2018 This moment of finality is usually greeted by tepid applause from the winning team's fans. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Sports betting: When live wagering hits stadiums, the end of games will sound much different," 15 May 2018 Even with the tepid market response on Monday, Xiaomi persuaded a number of high-profile investors to buy shares. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Xiaomi’s Weak I.P.O. Raises Doubts About China’s Tech Boom," 8 July 2018 Taking tepid-to-cool baths also helps, says Dr. Lupo. Betsy Cribb, ajc, "The best way to heal a sunburn, according to a dermatologist," 1 July 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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