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 Sanders' endorsement may be important for Biden Sanders made his support for Biden clear and swift, unlike four years ago when his endorsement of Clinton was viewed as late and tepid. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Bernie Sanders supporters reluctantly turn to Joe Biden, fueled by their dislike of Donald Trump," 17 May 2020 Of course, tepid types can leave the transmission in D for more relaxed shift points that help optimize fuel efficiency. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Satisfies the Brady Bunches of America and Bolsters VW's Bottom Line," 15 May 2020 Most major Asia-Pacific equity benchmarks posted tepid moves by the close of trading, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 up 0.6% and the Australian gauge advancing 1.4%. ... Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Global Stocks Creep Up With China Signaling Slow Recovery," 15 May 2020 Cisco is predicting a second consecutive quarterly revenue contraction, showing that its main business of selling expensive networking hardware is still struggling amid tepid spending by corporations and government agencies. Ian King, Bloomberg.com, "Cisco Gives Sluggish Sales Forecast on Lingering Slowdown," 15 May 2020 And in 1960 outgoing Republican President Dwight Eisenhower offered a tepid, at best, endorsement of his two-term vice president, Richard Nixon. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Obama finally to endorse Biden," 14 Apr. 2020 At one point in his career, a tepid Newton market would have been unfathomable. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Left in NFL limbo after his release by Panthers, Cam Newton must exhibit patience," 24 Mar. 2020 Southwest has been cutting flights aggressively through the end of May because of tepid demand from customers who have essentially abandoned flying to avoid spreading COVID-19. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines extending status and credit deadlines as travel plans for 2020 evaporate," 16 Apr. 2020 Even so, national and global economic responses have been late, often tepid and disjointed. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 By invitation: Kevin Rudd on America, China and saving the WHO," 15 Apr. 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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20 May 2020

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“Tepid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepid. Accessed 27 May. 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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