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[bland] /blænd/
adjective, blander, blandest.
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
First recorded in 1590-1600, bland is from the Latin word blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing
Related forms
blandly, adverb
blandness, noun
1. affable, mild, amiable; suave, urbane. 2, 3. soft, mild.
1. cruel; boorish. 2. harsh. 3. irritating. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blander
Historical Examples
  • “That alters the case, my dear Count,” said the general, in a blander tone than he had as yet used.

    Paul Gerrard W.H.G. Kingston
  • When he looked towards the witness again he was blander than ever.

    In the Mayor's Parlour J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  • He received the money, bade her farewell in blander tones than his previous conversation, and hastened from the dwelling.

  • His smile was truly bland—I don't think I ever see a blander one, or amiabler.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • His voice became yet blander, as, walking onwards towards the lake, he poured into Guatimozin's ear his wishes and instructions.

    The Infidel, Vol. I. Robert Montgomery Bird
  • The only difference is that the former has a blander odor and solidifies at 1°.25 instead of 10°, as does the oil of anise.

  • We descended to that blander scene, strolled through it and paused on the border of the lake.

    Louisa Pallant Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for blander


devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dull: bland food
gentle and agreeable; suave
(of the weather) mild and soothing
unemotional or unmoved: a bland account of atrocities
See also bland out
Derived Forms
blandly, adverb
blandness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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Word Origin and History for blander



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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