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.
Recent Examples on the Web In other new product news, Facebook released its next virtual-reality system, the Oculus Quest 2, for $300, but the reviews are tepid. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Democracy depends on Washington improving its tech," 17 Sep. 2020 The retreat is the latest sign of the 10-year yield’s recent stall within a narrow range around 0.66%, weighed down by factors including investors’ expectations for tepid growth and inflation and bond buying from the Federal Reserve. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "U.S. Government-Bond Yields Fall as Investors Seek Safety From Tech-Stock Slide," 8 Sep. 2020 Experts such as Craig Hirschey, manager at W.E. Mowrey Refining in St. Paul, said the tepid response so far also is because most consumers don’t know that gold has risen to near record highs, and that silver is at a six-year high. John Ewoldt, Star Tribune, "At nearly $2K an ounce, a new gold rush for Minnesotans," 29 Aug. 2020 Everyone who wanted to lash out at president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi for this tepid collection of retreads and hopefuls, and at manager Gabe Kapler for corporate klutziness, is now forced to re-think the situation. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Giants have 9 who ain’t afraid to swing the bat, and the numbers are shocking," 2 Sep. 2020 But with the two biggest ratings firms now about 50% done with their reviews of these securities, many are emerging with unchanged ratings or tepid downgrades of about one notch. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Expected Surge of CLO Downgrades Slow to Arrive," 28 Aug. 2020 So does the tepid level of approval from his own party. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump erases Biden’s lead in Texas, as Hegar chips away at Cornyn’s edge in Senate race," 6 Sep. 2020 Gordon’s market was tepid in part because his 612 rushing yards last year were a career low. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos agree to contract with running back Melvin Gordon," 20 Mar. 2020 In a group of just twenty-three people, there’s a fifty per cent chance that two of them share a birthday, a fun fact that can liven up even the most tepid orgy. Sean Mcgowan, The New Yorker, "The Wonderful World of Probability," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Tepid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepid. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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