tepid

adjective
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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Unfortunately for them, buyers' interest in beachfront property in the then-remote wilderness north of the Palos Verdes Peninsula was tepid at best. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Redondo Beach, though pricey, is not quite a South Bay A-lister," 6 Apr. 2018 Job growth in 2017 continued, but was the weakest it’s been since 2010, and real wage growth was tepid. Sam Berger, Fortune, "Commentary: How Trump Is Letting Businesses Steal Money From Workers," 31 Jan. 2018 The sun had finally made a tepid appearance, bringing slightly warmer air along with some optimism that beach days might be around the corner. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 Advertising New-home sales jumped in the Northeast and Midwest in February by more than 20 percent, while posting a more tepid gain of 1.8 percent in the South. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "US new-home sales increased 4.9 percent in February," 29 Mar. 2019 However, in the warmer months, a tepid rinse feels quite refreshing. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "How I Keep My Temporary Hair Color Fresh to Death," 4 Apr. 2019 The tepid retail real-estate market could see a further shakeout in the coming months if economic indicators continue to show that the U.S. economy is cooling. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Slowing Mall Rent Growth Poised for a Challenging 2019," 4 Jan. 2019 Any danger of this being a sterile and tepid World Cup has been extinguished by the Latin American fanatics, with Argentinians, Colombians and Mexicans also turning out in their droves yesterday. SI.com, "Peru's World Cup Journey: Part 1 - The Inca Invasion Begins as Peru Descends on Moscow," 15 June 2018 Wash your face with cool or tepid water, instead, and try to keep your face out of the direct blast of the hot shower stream. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Broken Capillaries: How to Get Rid of Them Fast," 18 Apr. 2017

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tepid

: not hot and not cold
: not energetic or excited

tepid

adjective
tep·​id | \ ˈte-pəd How to pronounce tepid (audio) \

Kids Definition of tepid

: lukewarm sense 1 tepid water

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