vapid

adjective
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

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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, which entered English in the 17th century, comes from vapidus, a Latin word that means "flat-tasting" and may be related to vapor. These days, you're likely to hear people referring to wine as vapid. You're likely to hear the word in plenty of other situations, too. Vapid, along with the synonyms insipid, flat, and inane, is often used to 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
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The reasons were manifold: The characters were vapid. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "An Interview With My Wife, Who's Never Seen Star Wars, After I Made Her Watch 'The Phantom Menace'," 17 May 2019 Eventually, some sniping naysayer might say these comments seem pretty vapid. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How to use Instagram like an appropriation artist," 18 Oct. 2018 In the fine tradition of vapid Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche Design phones made by tech companies that should know better, OnePlus has this morning announced a launch event for its collaboration with British supercar maker McLaren. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus preparing a McLaren 6T for December launch," 27 Nov. 2018 Instead, the reader is treated to a relentless barrage of vapid observations that soon wear thin. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "'Prada' sequel moves to Greenwich, Conn., bland land of athleisure wear," 5 June 2018 But Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 isn’t just aiming at clearly vapid forms of media. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 turns a warning about media into a tirade against tech trends," 19 May 2018 But the film doesn't have much to say after pointing out that the Internet is vapid and full of hatred. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: HBO turns 'Fahrenheit 451' into cookie-cutter dystopian drivel," 18 May 2018 Denizens of the tech landscape are realizing there’s a depressing amount of truth in their embarrassing portrayal on Silicon Valley as soulless, vapid, greedy, socially awkward opportunists. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Silicon Valley's Schizophrenic Feelings," 26 Apr. 2018 I am completely baffled by the nearly universal accusation that the movie was boring, or that its philosophizing was vapid or pointless. Dan Fishback, Esquire, "An Impassioned Defense of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," 29 Mar. 2016

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of vapid

formal : not lively or interesting : dull or boring

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