tepid

adjective
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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Sony was largely silent on the matter, before issuing a very tepid statement. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Yet Parliament might punt instead, elevating a tepid Brexiteer or an outright Remainer from the Tories. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Road to a Bad Brexit," 10 Dec. 2018 Following the relatively tepid response to last year’s messy misfire Justice League, the best-case scenario for fans and everyone involved would be an Aquaman that’s not only a breakout hit but also a great movie. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Watch: an extended look at Aquaman reveals a bright and bawdy undersea adventure," 5 Oct. 2018 The result is usually pretty bad and a tepid version of the original. Vogue, "Backing Print: Gucci Wooster Opens a Bookstore Curated by Dashwood Books," 20 Nov. 2018 From most environmental, labor, low-income, and community of color groups, reaction ranged from tepid to hostile. David Roberts, Vox, "Washington votes no on a carbon tax — again," 6 Nov. 2018 The tepid performance sent shares of Darden down as much as 7.7 percent to $86.10 on Thursday, marking the worst intraday decline in more than five years. Leslie Patton, Bloomberg.com, "Olive Garden Will Drop ‘Buy One Take One’ Deal," 22 Mar. 2018 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

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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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tepid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tepid

: not hot and not cold

: not energetic or excited

tepid

adjective
tep·​id | \ ˈte-pəd \

Kids Definition of tepid

: lukewarm sense 1 tepid water

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