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insipid

[in-sip-id]
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adjective
  1. without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid: an insipid personality.
  2. without sufficient taste to be pleasing, as food or drink; bland: a rather insipid soup.

Origin of insipid

1610–20; < Latin insipidus, equivalent to in- in-3 + -sipidus, combining form of sapidus sapid
Related formsin·si·pid·i·ty, in·sip·id·ness, nounin·sip·id·ly, adverb
Can be confusedincipient insipid insipient

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1, 2. flat, dull, uninteresting. 2. tasteless, bland.
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  • His flesh when boiled tastes like veal, only it is not so insipid.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • This savours of originality, at least, and is just as insipid, if not more.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It was not so very bad; It had no particular flavor, only the insipid taste of dough.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • The insipid odour of the meat, the pungent smell of the tripe exasperated him.

  • To be sure they do, said Ctesippus; and they speak coldly of the insipid and cold dialectician.


British Dictionary definitions for insipid

insipid

adjective
  1. lacking spirit; boring
  2. lacking taste; unpalatable
Derived Formsinsipidity or insipidness, nouninsipidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin insipidus, from in- 1 + sapidus full of flavour, sapid
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Word Origin and History for insipid

adj.

1610s, "without taste or perceptible flavor," from French insipide (16c.), from Late Latin inspidus "tasteless," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sapidus "tasty," from sapere "have a taste" (also "be wise;" see sapient). Figurative meaning "uninteresting, dull" first recorded 1640s, but it was also a secondary sense in Medieval Latin.

In ye coach ... went Mrs. Barlow, the King's mistress and mother to ye Duke of Monmouth, a browne, beautifull, bold, but insipid creature. [John Evelyn, diary, Aug. 18, 1649]

Related: Insipidly.

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