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.

Nearby words

  1. taste buds,
  2. taste cell,
  3. taste hair,
  4. tasteful,
  5. tastefully,
  6. tastelessly,
  7. tastemaker,
  8. taster,
  9. tasting,
  10. tasting menu

Origin of tasteless

First recorded in 1585–95; taste + -less

Related formstaste·less·ly, adverbtaste·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tasteless



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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