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[vap-id] /ˈvæp ɪd/
lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat:
vapid tea.
without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious:
a vapid party; vapid conversation.
Origin of vapid
1650-60; < Latin vapidus; akin to vapor
Related forms
vapidity, vapidness, noun
vapidly, adverb
Can be confused
vacant, vacuous, vapid.
1. lifeless, flavorless. 2. spiritless, unanimated, tiresome, prosaic.
1. pungent. 2. stimulating. Unabridged
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  • The vapidity of a polite woman is bad, but the vapidity of a woman who is not polite is decidedly worse.

  • He never frittered away his moments in the vapidity of a polite ballroom.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • The eminent criminal novel is taken as a tonic by minds satiated with the vapidity of fashionable fiction.

  • In four hours, vapidity and languor will take place of that exquisite sense of joy, which flutters your little heart.

    The Belle's Stratagem

    Hannah Cowley
  • Imbecility, vapidity, and the commonplace distended themselves like the frog in the fable.

British Dictionary definitions for vapidity


bereft of strength, sharpness, flavour, etc; flat
boring or dull; lifeless: vapid talk
Derived Forms
vapidity, noun
vapidly, adverb
vapidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vapidus; related to vappa tasteless or flat wine, and perhaps to vapor warmth
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Word Origin and History for vapidity



1650s, "flat, insipid" (of drinks), from Latin vapidus "flat, insipid," literally "that has exhaled its vapor," related to vappa "stale wine," and probably to vapor "vapor." Applied from 1758 to talk and writing deemed dull and lifeless. Related: Vapidly.

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