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 Yet the tepid response to perhaps Disneyland’s most anticipated addition ever likely had little to do with admission prices and more to do with a wariness of potentially overcrowded conditions. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Disneyland's 2020 price increase is just around the corner. Here's what to expect," 26 Nov. 2019 Despite its tepid preliminary response to Odeh, Blue and White seems to realize the potential of the Arab vote and has begun campaigning in Arab communities. Washington Post, "Arab leader seeks to shake up Israeli election," 31 Aug. 2019 Netanyahu also has been criticized by residents along the southern border and political rivals for a tepid response to recent militant attacks. Anchorage Daily News, "Israel kills Islamic Jihad leader, setting off fierce clash in Gaza," 12 Nov. 2019 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is leading a caretaker government after two inconclusive elections, has been criticized by residents on Israel's souther border with Gaza and political rivals for a tepid response to recent militant attacks. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home," 12 Nov. 2019 When asked about breaking up big tech companies, most candidates offer tepid support that generally centers around, yes, tech companies are big, and yes, something should be done. NBC News, "Candidates spar over Big Tech," 16 Oct. 2019 People won’t soon forget the NBA’s initial tepid response. Sean Gregory, Time, "How LeBron James Reignited the NBA-China Conflict Just Days Before Tipoff," 15 Oct. 2019 In part this is because of Mr Trump’s tepid response to earlier provocations. The Economist, "A strike on Saudi Arabia moves a shadowy conflict closer to open war," 19 Sep. 2019 The poll also found tepid support for Michael Bloomberg, who filed paperwork Friday to secure a place on the ballot in Alabama. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Sanders trails Biden, Warren in Quinnipiac New Hampshire poll," 3 Sep. 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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“Tepid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepidness. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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