- pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
- soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern breeze.
- nonirritating, as food or medicines: a bland diet.
- not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
- lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull: a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
- unemotional, indifferent, or casual: his bland acknowledgment of guilt.
Origin of bland
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- James A(llen),1854–1911, U.S. songwriter and minstrel performer.
Examples from the Web for bland
The Butterbrief, issued by Pope Innocent VIII, was a turning point for the then bland Stollen, which gradually became sweeter.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
Because holy hell was that bland, unfunny, uncomfortable, and just plain confusing.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
Head of State was prescient, but hollow; I Think I Love My Wife was bland; and the documentary Good Hair was fascinating fun.Oscar Season Kicks Off in Toronto: Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, and More Court Awards Glory
September 14, 2014
How strange to hear “Feel Like Going Home” in 1948 after years of the bland pop on the Hit Parade.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
Cosmetic surgery invites us to enter a dystopian universe in which everybody looks the same: poreless, ageless, blond and bland.Nicole Kidman Botox Insanity: Why All Women Lose Out When We Obsess Over Stars’ Faces
May 25, 2014
Who art thou that talkest so freely of cracking the head of Arthur a Bland?The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Heathcroft, in spite of the close play, was as bland and unconcerned as ever.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Mr. Bonnithorne listened with a bland smile of amused incredulity.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
But he controlled his features, and maintained a placid, bland expression.St. Martin's Summer
He found him bland and inscrutable, and decided to pin him down.Scaramouche
- devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dullbland food
- gentle and agreeable; suave
- (of the weather) mild and soothing
- unemotional or unmoveda bland account of atrocities
Word Origin and History for bland
1660s, from Italian blando "delicate," or Old French bland "flattering, complimentary," both from Latin blandus "smooth-talking, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of *meld-, extended form of root *mel- (see melt). Related: Blandly; blandness. Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English *blandiloquent.