tepid

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adjective tep·id \ˈte-pəd\

Definition of tepid

  1. 1 :  moderately warm :  lukewarm <a tepid bath>

  2. 2a :  lacking in passion, force, or zest <tepid poetry>b :  marked by an absence of enthusiasm or conviction <a tepid interest> <a tepid response>

tepidity

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tepidly

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tepidness

noun

Examples of tepid in a sentence

  1. He gave a tepid performance.

  2. My suggestion was given a tepid response.

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


First Known Use: 14th century


TEPID Defined for English Language Learners

tepid

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adjective tep·id \ˈte-pəd\

Definition of tepid for English Language Learners

  • : not hot and not cold

  • : not energetic or excited


TEPID Defined for Kids

tepid

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adjective tep·id \ˈte-pəd\

Definition of tepid for Students

  1. :  lukewarm 1 <tepid water>



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