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[in-sip-id] /ɪnˈsɪp ɪd/
without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid:
an insipid personality.
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 forms
insipidity, insipidness, noun
insipidly, adverb
Can be confused
incipient, insipid, insipient.
1, 2. flat, dull, uninteresting. 2. tasteless, bland. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for insipidity
Historical Examples
  • She is divinely innocent, but roguishness saves her from insipidity.

    A Cathedral Courtship Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The insipidity and yet the noise; the nothingness and yet the self-importance of all these people!

    Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen
  • She says she was moved to the remark by the insipidity of the dish.

  • Mr. Read's fondness was the saccharine that qualified the insipidity of his wife's apathy.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Nor must this be mistaken for insipidity or weakness of design.

  • The insipidity, and yet the noise—the nothingness, and yet the self-importance of all those people!

    Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
  • The reason of this insipidity is, that the ideality aimed at is all on the outside.

  • So I can most of his fellows, no one of whom, I think, ever quite approaches the insipidity of their worst English imitators.

  • Gentleness was indeed his proper characteristic, without one particle of dullness, or insipidity, or want of spirit.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • The insipidity which affronted Boz has no effect in stopping the demand for "the fireside plate."

    George Cruikshank W. H. Chesson
British Dictionary definitions for insipidity


lacking spirit; boring
lacking taste; unpalatable
Derived Forms
insipidity, insipidness, noun
insipidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin insipidus, from in-1 + sapidus full of flavour, sapid
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Word Origin and History for insipidity

c.1600, from insipid + -ity.



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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