va·​pid | \ ˈva-pəd How to pronounce vapid (audio) , ˈvā- How to pronounce vapid (audio) \

Definition of vapid

: lacking flavor, zest, interest, animation, or spirit : flat, dull a gossipy, vapid woman, obsessed by her own elegance— R. F. Delderfield London was not all vapid dissipation— V. S. Pritchett

Other Words from vapid

vapidly adverb
vapidness noun

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insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, inane mean devoid of qualities that make for spirit and character. insipid implies a lack of sufficient taste or savor to please or interest. an insipid romance with platitudes on every page vapid suggests a lack of liveliness, force, or spirit. an exciting story given a vapid treatment flat applies to things that have lost their sparkle or zest. although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat jejune suggests a lack of rewarding or satisfying substance. a jejune and gassy speech banal stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy. a banal tale of unrequited love inane implies a lack of any significant or convincing quality. an inane interpretation of the play

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"Then away goes the brisk and pleasant Spirits and leave a vapid or sour Drink." So wrote John Mortimer—an early 18th-century expert on agriculture, orchards, and cider-making—in his book on husbandry. His use was typical for his day, when vapid was often used specifically in reference to liquor. The term comes from Latin vapidus, meaning "flat-tasting," a possible relative of vapor. That use still occurs today; you might, for example, hear an uninspiring wine described as vapid. More likely you'll hear vapid, along with the synonyms insipid, flat, and inane, describe people and things that lack spirit and character.

Examples of vapid in a Sentence

Waiting rooms, as I'm sure you know, are small rooms with plenty of chairs for waiting, as well as piles of old, dull magazines to read and some vapid paintings … while you endure the boredom that doctors and dentists inflict on their patients before bringing them in to poke them and prod them and do all the miserable things that such people are paid to do. — Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator, 2001 In a secular age, symbolic rituals such as lighting the Olympic torch inevitably risk seeming a little vapid. — Tony Perrottet, Civilization, June/July 2000 … the incompetent servant, by whomsoever employed, is always against his employer. Even those born governors, noble and right honourable creatures, who have been the most imbecile in high places, have uniformly shown themselves the most opposed (sometimes in belying distrust, sometimes in vapid insolence) to THEIR employer. What is in such wise true of the public master and servant, is equally true of the private master and servant all the world over. — Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865 a song with vapid lyrics
Recent Examples on the Web Think: Tik Tok text quoting fictitious remarks from supporters of fast fashion, designed to dismiss commonly made arguments for fast fashion as ignorant and vapid. Marielle Elizabeth, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Ordinarily Hollywood Romanticism tends to be vapid. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 Mar. 2022 More, still, found the whole uproar to be vapid, if not absurd. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Back then, Cary’s hanging out with them as an attempt to boost his own profile led to degradation for all involved: These social-media models were shallow and vapid, but Cary, using them while holding them in contempt, was somehow worse. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Tanya is too pitiable to die in a comedy; Mark is too vapid to go in a drama. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 11 July 2021 Once viewed by the media as a vapid heiress and socialite, Paris Hilton is now having a sort of Parissance in the public sphere. Natalie Morin,, 5 May 2021 Were these claims merely vapid that would be bad enough. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2021 The thrills are simplistic, and the conversations are vapid. Reece Rogers, Wired, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vapid

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vapid

borrowed from Latin vapidus "(of wine) having lost freshness, flat"; akin to Latin vappa "wine that has gone flat" and perhaps to vapor "exhalation, steam" — more at vapor entry 1

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“Vapid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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