un·​in·​spir·​ing ˌən-in-ˈspī-riŋ How to pronounce uninspiring (audio)
: not having an animating or exalting effect : not inspiring
an uninspiring speaker
The space was limited, the light was less than adequate, and the surroundings were generally uninspiring. Peter H. Hassrick
uninspiringly adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Sox never recovered, falling 8-2 in an uninspiring performance Wednesday and seeing a late rally come up short Thursday in a 4-2 loss. Chicago Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 Persevering with doing these things and believing that sometimes work is just intrinsically boring or uninspiring, is not a source of sustainable motivation or productivity. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 The follow-up, 2006’s Show Your Bones, was more tentative and familiar in an uninspiring way — wholly forgettable, especially 15 years later. Bobby Olivier, SPIN, 28 Sep. 2022 Viserys is by design a weak and uninspiring king — which is how a very skilled actor like Considine plays the role — but there is just so much of him. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 19 Aug. 2022 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier never felt bold enough to really go down those thematic roads, and instead, like other shows on this list, struggled to keep steam in its middle episodes as its heroes faced off against some pretty uninspiring foes. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 17 Aug. 2022 In the meantime, a Paramount+ subscription marks an uninspiring addition to the Walmart+ subscription package. Fortune, 16 Aug. 2022 If a meeting is poorly executed, the meeting can become stressful or uninspiring. Patrick Coleman, Forbes, 2 June 2022 After such a thorough excavation, Fukuyama’s vision for reviving liberalism sounds both laborious and uninspiring. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uninspiring was in 1815

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“Uninspiring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninspiring. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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