- taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
- a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
- the characteristic quality of a thing: He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
- a particular quality noticeable in a thing: language with a strong nautical flavor.
- Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
- Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
- to give flavor to (something).
Origin of flavor
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Examples from the Web for flavorless
Flat, flavorless, even harsh on the throat—this was not horribly rich or complex stuff.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
Absent magic, we get conniving politicians, close-minded scolds, flavorless marriages, and the occasional heroin junkie.‘The Casual Vacancy’ Review: J.K. Rowling Cuts Loose From Harry Potter
September 27, 2012
One, monotonous insipid and flavorless; the other, spiced, appetizing and varied.Mal Moule
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
When they are small and soft they have no character, but if too old they are hard and flavorless.The Laurel Health Cookery
Evora Bucknum Perkins
He went to Feroni's; the oysters were flavorless, the Burgundy tasted like ink.Debit and Credit
No wonder the preacher was disheartened, and preached a flavorless sermon.John Wesley, Jr.
Dan B. Brummitt
I want the fig of Chios, not a flavorless fig; and in you this Chian fig is flavorless.The Satyricon, Complete
Word Origin and History for flavorless
c.1300, "a smell, odor" (usually a pleasing one), from Old French flaour "smell, odor," from Vulgar Latin flator "odor," literally "that which blows," from Latin flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).
The same Vulgar Latin source produced Old Italian fiatore "a bad odor." Sense of "taste, savor" is 1690s, perhaps 1670s; originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from influence of savor.
- Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force.