[ bland ]
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adjective, bland·er, bland·est.
pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern breeze.
nonirritating, as food or medicines: a bland diet.
not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull: a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
unemotional, indifferent, or casual: his bland acknowledgment of guilt.
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Origin of bland
First recorded in 1590–1600, bland is from the Latin word blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing
OTHER WORDS FROM blandblandly, adverbblandness, noun
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James A(llen), 1854–1911, U.S. songwriter and minstrel performer.
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How to use bland in a sentence
He received the money, bade her farewell in blander tones than his previous conversation, and hastened from the dwelling.
The only difference is that the former has a blander odor and solidifies at 1°.25 instead of 10°, as does the oil of anise.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines|T. H. Pardo de Tavera
His voice became yet blander, as, walking onwards towards the lake, he poured into Guatimozin's ear his wishes and instructions.The Infidel, Vol. I.|Robert Montgomery Bird
We descended to that blander scene, strolled through it and paused on the border of the lake.Louisa Pallant|Henry James
His smile was truly bland—I don't think I ever see a blander one, or amiabler.Sweet Cicely|Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
British Dictionary definitions for bland
/ (blænd) /
devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dullbland food
gentle and agreeable; suave
(of the weather) mild and soothing
unemotional or unmoveda bland account of atrocities
See also bland out
Derived forms of blandblandly, adverbblandness, noun
Word Origin for bland
C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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