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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Down to Earth The response from Congress, which controls NASA’s budget, has been tepid. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, "Can NASA Really Return People to the Moon by 2024?," 9 July 2019 American politicians restrained government spending after the 2008 recession, even when unemployment remained high and growth was tepid. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Global Recession Risks Are Up, and Central Banks Aren’t Ready," 9 July 2019 Even among black parents, support for busing was tepid. Mona Charen, National Review, "Is Joe Biden Vulnerable, or Are the Democrats?," 5 July 2019 Indeed, economists say the housing market’s performance is surprisingly tepid given the sharp fall in mortgage rates. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rose in May," 21 June 2019 And yet, among boxing insiders the appetite for a third fight is tepid. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "Canelo Alvarez Has Options, but None as Enticing as Gennadiy Golovkin," 10 June 2019 There was a sense that Nirenberg’s support among liberal groups was tepid heading into the election. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio mayor, with slim reelection margin, looks ahead," 9 June 2019 That light-comic interlude leads nowhere, though, and is typical of the sputtering, underwhelming first half of the movie, which drifts along with lots of tepid comedy and uninvolving action scenes. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Spider-Man: Far from Home Makes a Fun European Vacation," 27 June 2019 With such a dominant rotation in tow, Cleveland would be well served to chase a veteran bat, likely one who can add some punch to their tepid outfield. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Which Fringe Contenders Should Be Aggressive at the Trade Deadline?," 26 June 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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