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 tepid (audio) , te-​ \ noun
tepidly \ ˈte-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce tepid (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 Even as play-by-play commentator Adam Amin noted that the Astros hit very well on the road, his conclusion was tepid. Bryan C. Parker, Chron, 15 Oct. 2021 But public reaction to that permission was tepid at best. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2021 Advance sales were almost nil and reviews were tepid, so Mr. Van Peebles personally promoted the show to Black churches and fraternal groups within a 200-mile radius. Douglas Martin, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Somewhere in Leeds, UK, 22-year-old Tahmina* lazily rubs the sleep from her eyes, peels her tongue from her palate and glugs a glass of tepid water. Serena Smith, refinery29.com, 15 Sep. 2021 And while that music scene had been tepid for several years before 9/11, the people and elements who shaped what came next were indisputably already in place and moving fast. Jem Aswad, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 To minimize the urge to scratch, Houshmand suggested first washing the affected area with tepid water and gentle soap and then applying calamine lotion or an anti-itch cream, such as 1 percent hydrocortisone. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 Lunch was often cans of tuna and crackers washed down with tepid water. NBC News, 18 May 2021 If in a decorative container, lift the potted plants out and water only the soil or place them in a saucer of tepid water and let the plants soak up water for a couple of hours. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepid. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tepid

: not hot and not cold : warm
: 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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