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[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
the characteristic quality of a thing:
He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
a particular quality noticeable in a thing:
language with a strong nautical flavor.
Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
verb (used with object)
to give flavor to (something).
Also, especially British, flavour.
Origin of flavor
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French fla(o)ur < Late Latin *flātor stench, breath, alteration of Latin flātus a blowing, breathing, (see flatus), perhaps with -or of fētor fetor
Related forms
flavorless, adjective
deflavor, verb (used with object)
overflavor, verb
preflavor, noun, verb (used with object)
unflavored, adjective
well-flavored, adjective
1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One, monotonous insipid and flavorless; the other, spiced, appetizing and varied.

    Mal Moule Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • When they are small and soft they have no character, but if too old they are hard and flavorless.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • He went to Feroni's; the oysters were flavorless, the Burgundy tasted like ink.

    Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
  • No wonder the preacher was disheartened, and preached a flavorless sermon.

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • I want the fig of Chios, not a flavorless fig; and in you this Chian fig is flavorless.

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • If cooked slowly, it will be watery and stringy, while overdone cabbage is especially insipid and flavorless.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • His high good nature had the effect of sweetening for him even Clara Britton's flavorless manner.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • If you see your coffee looks black-brown instead of ruddy brown, you will know it will be flavorless, however strong.

    Six Cups of Coffee Maria Parloa
Word Origin and History for flavorless



1730s, from flavor (n.). Related: Flavored; flavoring.



c.1300, "a smell, odor" (usually a pleasing one), from Old French flaour "smell, odor," from Vulgar Latin flator "odor," literally "that which blows," from Latin flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

The same Vulgar Latin source produced Old Italian fiatore "a bad odor." Sense of "taste, savor" is 1690s, perhaps 1670s; originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from influence of savor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flavorless in Science
Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for flavorless



: That's a very flava lady


A sexually attractive woman (1960s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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