- 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 blandly
A blandly written, barely acted sitcom about high schoolers but geared toward adolescents?How Bad Was 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story'?
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“We are going through a period of transition,” he told me blandly in accentless English.Beneath Billionaire Shafik Gabr’s Tranquility, Fears for Egypt’s Fate
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"I call him bwana m'kubwa (great master)," replied Simba blandly.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He was blandly tapping his fingers on the table, and casting his eyes up at the window.Little Dorrit
"If your Highness will excuse my persistence," began Mr. Taylor blandly.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
"I was just interviewing the Prince," explained Dan, blandly.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
"This was a pleasure we scarcely looked for, to meet you here," said his Lordship, blandly.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
- 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 blandly
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.