tepid

adjective tep·id \ ˈte-pəd \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of tepid

1 : moderately warm : lukewarm
  • a tepid bath
2 a : lacking in passion, force, or zest
  • tepid poetry
b : marked by an absence of enthusiasm or conviction
  • a tepid interest
  • a tepid response

tepidity

play \tə-ˈpi-də-tē, te-\ noun

tepidly

play \ˈte-pəd-lē\ adverb

tepidness

noun

Examples of tepid in a Sentence

  1. He gave a tepid performance.

  2. My suggestion was given a tepid response.

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Origin and Etymology of tepid

Middle English teped, from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be moderately warm; akin to Sanskrit tapati it heats, Old Irish tess heat


TEPID Defined for English Language Learners

tepid

adjective

Definition of tepid for English Language Learners

  • : not hot and not cold

  • : not energetic or excited


TEPID Defined for Kids

tepid

adjective tep·id \ ˈte-pəd \

Definition of tepid for Students

: lukewarm 1
  • tepid water


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