- 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 blandness
But surely there is something to hope for in a car journey that is neither violence nor blandness?Crazy Cartography: Artists and Writers Conjure a Slew of Imaginative Maps
April 13, 2014
This track gives us hilarious lines and moments rivaling even the blandness of “Yesterday was Thursday…Today it is Friday.”The Most Offensive Lyrics and WTF Moments From ‘Chinese Food’
October 15, 2013
But his utterances on Sunday demonstrated only that his unerring talent for blandness will do little to get America back to work.Geithner's Feckless Jobs Remedy
July 26, 2010
Conan was always the safe, mild-mannered choice to replace Jay Leno, who is blandness incarnate.Conan's Debut Was a Yawn
June 2, 2009
Her blandness was beyond all baiting; she professed she could be as still as a mouse.The Tragic Muse
"Oh, yes, you will," and he smiled with a blandness that was maddening.A Little Girl in Old Detroit
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Wetter suddenly assumed an air of great dignity and blandness.The King's Mirror
She threw into her smile all the blandness her sex alone can command.The Heart of Unaga
Jermyn had turned round his savage side, and the blandness was out of sight.Felix Holt, The Radical
- 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 blandness
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.