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.

Origin of bland

First recorded in 1590–1600, bland is from the Latin word blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing
Related formsbland·ly, adverbbland·ness, noun

Synonyms for bland

Antonyms for bland Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blandly

Contemporary Examples of blandly

Historical Examples of blandly

  • "I call him bwana m'kubwa (great master)," replied Simba blandly.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • He was blandly tapping his fingers on the table, and casting his eyes up at the window.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • "If your Highness will excuse my persistence," began Mr. Taylor blandly.

  • "I was just interviewing the Prince," explained Dan, blandly.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • "This was a pleasure we scarcely looked for, to meet you here," said his Lordship, blandly.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for blandly



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 Formsblandly, adverbblandness, noun

Word Origin for bland

C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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Word Origin and History for blandly



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.

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