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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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  • "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 Charles Dickens
  • "If your Highness will excuse my persistence," began Mr. Taylor blandly.

  • "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
  • "You are certainly some years older than the lady," said Dill, blandly.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • "I have not done much, but I have accomplished something," said he, blandly.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • "Morlache would be quite content with your word," said Jekyl, blandly.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for blandly


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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