adjective, bland·er, bland·est.
Origin of bland
Examples from the Web for blandly
A blandly written, barely acted sitcom about high schoolers but geared toward adolescents?How Bad Was 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story'?|Kevin Fallon|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We are going through a period of transition,” he told me blandly in accentless English.Beneath Billionaire Shafik Gabr’s Tranquility, Fears for Egypt’s Fate|Lloyd Grove|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In a few rare cases he got it; but was generally bluffed out, or blandly referred back to the New York offices, or reasoned out.Gold|Stewart White
"Now, I know what you are thinking," said Lady Randolph blandly.Sir Tom|Mrs. Oliphant
"Of course it does," said Ingram blandly, and turned to Sanchia.Rest Harrow|Maurice Hewlett
The Provost Marshal and I steer between them as blandly as we can.Army Life in a Black Regiment|Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Professor Doozenberry, blandly smiling—his rail-like figure shrouded flabbily in one of Billings' largest and loudest suits!The Haunted Pajamas|Francis Perry Elliott
British Dictionary definitions for blandly
Word Origin for bland
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.