having no taste or flavor; insipid.
dull; uninteresting.
lacking in aesthetic quality or capacity; devoid of good taste: a houseful of tasteless furnishings; a tasteless director of stale, dreary films.
lacking in politeness, seemliness, tact, etc.; unmannerly; insensitive: a tasteless remark.
lacking the physical sense of taste.

Origin of tasteless

First recorded in 1585–95; taste + -less
Related formstaste·less·ly, adverbtaste·less·ness, noun
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lacking in flavour; insipid
lacking social or aesthetic taste
rare unable to taste
Derived Formstastelessly, adverbtastelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tasteless

1590s, "unable to taste;" c.1600, "uninteresting;" 1610s, "insipid;" 1670s, "tactless;" from taste (n.) + -less. Related: Tastelessly; tastelessness.

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