- 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
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Examples from the Web for tepidly
Emin seemed pleasant, tepidly confident, and, dare I say, even a tad uncool—but in a good way.Has Tracey Emin Gone Soft?
November 5, 2009
Bors reviewed his actions and could not but approve of them tepidly.Talents, Incorporated
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
"I think Mrs. Varick is sorry to see that you have broken your promise," said Kindelon, shortly and tepidly.The Adventures of a Widow
The peculiar moving hush and tepidly stagnant air of a sick-room penetrated even through the panels.Joan of the Sword Hand
S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
It was obvious that he was tepidly in love with Maud, or rather that he was anxious she should be in love with him.The Romance of His Life
“I hope you managed to get a little sleep, Mr. Melhuish,” Mrs. Jervaise said tepidly.The Jervaise Comedy
J. D. Beresford
- slightly warm; lukewarm
- relatively unenthusiastic or apatheticthe play had a tepid reception
Word Origin and History for tepidly
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").