- 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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Examples from the Web for blandest
The latter met the stare with a look of the blandest serenity.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
And it was all repeated to him in the blandest manner in the world.
I bowed and returned in the blandest tone, "That is not known to you at any rate, Sir."Daring and Suffering:
Mrs. Trevor beheld in him the mellowest and blandest of men.The Rough Road
William John Locke
“I demand a thousand pardons, monsieur,” he exclaimed, with the blandest of smiles.Marmaduke Merry
William H. G. Kingston
- 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 blandest
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.