- 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.
Origin of bland
Synonyms for bland
Antonyms for bland
Related Words for blandesttedious, watery, insipid, boring, wishy-washy, tame, banal, dull, pleasant, amiable, soft, blah, flat, flavorless, humdrum, monotonous, nothing, pabulum, unexciting, uninteresting
Examples from the Web for blandest
Historical Examples of blandest
The latter met the stare with a look of the blandest serenity.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
And it was all repeated to him in the blandest manner in the world.
I bowed and returned in the blandest tone, "That is not known to you at any rate, Sir."Daring and Suffering:
Mrs. Trevor beheld in him the mellowest and blandest of men.The Rough Road
William John Locke
“I demand a thousand pardons, monsieur,” he exclaimed, with the blandest of smiles.Marmaduke Merry
William H. G. Kingston
- 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
Word Origin for bland
Word Origin and History for blandest
1660s, from Italian blando "delicate," or Old French bland "flattering, complimentary," both from Latin blandus "smooth-talking, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of *meld-, extended form of root *mel- (see melt). Related: Blandly; blandness. Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English *blandiloquent.