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[tep-id] /ˈtɛp ɪd/
moderately warm; lukewarm:
tepid water.
characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm:
tepid prose; the critics' tepid reception for the new play.
Origin of tepid
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin tepidus lukewarm, equivalent to tep(ēre) to be lukewarm + -idus -id4
Related forms
tepidity, tepidness, noun
tepidly, adverb
subtepid, adjective
subtepidly, adverb
subtepidness, noun
subtepidity, noun
1. moderate, mild. 2. unemotional, halfhearted, apathetic. Unabridged
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  • So she found him in the hall, holding a cup of tepid coffee.

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  • So Jacob said; but he was a man of tepid words, and perhaps he remembered the message too coldly.

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  • He declared that tepid water made him feel sick, and that he wanted it fresh.

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  • "It's all right, but I'm afraid your cocktail will be tepid," he said.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Lingard took off his hat and drew in a long sigh in the tepid breeze.

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British Dictionary definitions for tepid


slightly warm; lukewarm
relatively unenthusiastic or apathetic: the play had a tepid reception
Derived Forms
tepidity, tepidness, noun
tepidly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm
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Word Origin and History for tepid

c.1400, from Latin tepidus "lukewarm," from tepere "be warm," from PIE root *tep- "warm" (cf. Sanskrit tapati "makes warm, heats, burns," tapah "heat;" Avestan tafnush "fever;" Old Church Slavonic topiti "to warm," teplu "warm;" Old Irish tene "fire;" Welsh tes "heat").

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