bland

[bland]

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.

Nearby words

  1. blanco,
  2. blanco fombona, rufino,
  3. blanco, antonio guzmán,
  4. blanco-fombona,
  5. blancs,
  6. bland diet,
  7. bland out,
  8. bland-allison act,
  9. blandish,
  10. blandishment

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

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British Dictionary definitions for blandness

bland

adjective

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 blandness

bland

adj.

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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