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bland

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adjective, bland·er, bland·est.
  1. pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
  2. soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern breeze.
  3. nonirritating, as food or medicines: a bland diet.
  4. not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
  5. lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull: a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
  6. unemotional, indifferent, or casual: his bland acknowledgment of guilt.
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Origin of bland

First recorded in 1590–1600, bland is from the Latin word blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing
Related formsbland·ly, adverbbland·ness, noun

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1. affable, mild, amiable; suave, urbane. 2, 3. soft, mild.

Antonyms

1. cruel; boorish. 2. harsh. 3. irritating.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for blander

bland

adjective
  1. devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dullbland food
  2. gentle and agreeable; suave
  3. (of the weather) mild and soothing
  4. unemotional or unmoveda bland account of atrocities
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See also bland out
Derived Formsblandly, adverbblandness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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Word Origin and History for blander

bland

adj.

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.

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