- 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
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Examples from the Web for insipidly
This grim vision is put on Barack Obama by the most insipidly cynical.Running the Republicans
March 6, 2009
It wandered along so sweetly and mildly, not to say insipidly, that of course it was popular with Victorian England.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna
Clara Louise Kellogg
It is time we stopped calling this insipidly negative attitude by the once mighty name of virtue.Philosophy and The Social Problem
With the exception of the insipidly fair countenance of the Duke, the painting is nearly all blue.
In whatever way pears are cooked, they should always be flavoured with lemon; otherwise they will be insipidly sweet.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
In the present day we insipidly play at cards, and we have lost by being undeceived.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
- lacking spirit; boring
- lacking taste; unpalatable
Word Origin and History for insipidly
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]