adjective, bland·er, bland·est.
Origin of bland
Examples from the Web for blandness
But surely there is something to hope for in a car journey that is neither violence nor blandness?Crazy Cartography: Artists and Writers Conjure a Slew of Imaginative Maps|Lauren Elkin|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This track gives us hilarious lines and moments rivaling even the blandness of “Yesterday was Thursday…Today it is Friday.”The Most Offensive Lyrics and WTF Moments From ‘Chinese Food’|Culture Team|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But his utterances on Sunday demonstrated only that his unerring talent for blandness will do little to get America back to work.
Conan was always the safe, mild-mannered choice to replace Jay Leno, who is blandness incarnate.
One could not have quarreled with the sentiment, but its blandness conveyed an exasperating disbelief.Flood Tide|Sara Ware Bassett
This son received a good academical education and was greatly admired for industry, correct deportment and blandness of manners.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
The voice was soft, but there was a finality in it that its blandness only served to make the more suggestive.The Adventures of Jimmie Dale|Frank L. Packard
Perhaps the blandness of the expression belonged as much to the season and hour, as to the habitual character of the man.The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish|James Fenimore Cooper
Wetter suddenly assumed an air of great dignity and blandness.The King's Mirror|Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for blandness
Word Origin for bland
Word Origin and History for blandness
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.