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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But with Anthony Davis, 2020 free agency could wind up being a rather tepid process. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Could Anthony Davis wait until the Summer of Heat?," 13 June 2019 Newsom’s numbers among likely voters are a tepid 47% approval, 37% disapproval — up 4 points in the positive column, but also up 8 on the negative side since January. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Wow — California’s Legislature is even less popular with voters than Trump," 7 June 2019 His view that tepid inflation readings were the result of transitory factors led rates traders to trim bets that the Fed would cut rates this year and stimulate inflation. Liz Mccormick, Bloomberg.com, "Powell Fails to Convince Inflation Traders With ‘Transient’ View," 2 May 2019 Unfortunately for them, buyers' interest in beachfront property in the then-remote wilderness north of the Palos Verdes Peninsula was tepid at best. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Redondo Beach, though pricey, is not quite a South Bay A-lister," 6 Apr. 2018 Job growth in 2017 continued, but was the weakest it’s been since 2010, and real wage growth was tepid. Sam Berger, Fortune, "Commentary: How Trump Is Letting Businesses Steal Money From Workers," 31 Jan. 2018 The sun had finally made a tepid appearance, bringing slightly warmer air along with some optimism that beach days might be around the corner. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 Advertising New-home sales jumped in the Northeast and Midwest in February by more than 20 percent, while posting a more tepid gain of 1.8 percent in the South. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "US new-home sales increased 4.9 percent in February," 29 Mar. 2019 However, in the warmer months, a tepid rinse feels quite refreshing. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "How I Keep My Temporary Hair Color Fresh to Death," 4 Apr. 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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