tepid

[tep-id]

adjective

moderately warm; lukewarm: tepid water.
characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm: tepid prose; the critics' tepid reception for the new play.

Nearby words

  1. tephritic,
  2. tephrochronology,
  3. tephroite,
  4. tephromancy,
  5. tepic,
  6. tepidly,
  7. tepp,
  8. teppan-yaki,
  9. tequendama falls,
  10. tequila

Origin of tepid

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tepidus lukewarm, equivalent to tep(ēre) to be lukewarm + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for tepid

tepid

adjective

slightly warm; lukewarm
relatively unenthusiastic or apatheticthe play had a tepid reception
Derived Formstepidity or tepidness, nountepidly, adverb

Word Origin for tepid

C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm

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Word Origin and History for tepid

tepid

adj.

c.1400, from Latin tepidus "lukewarm," from tepere "be warm," from PIE root *tep- "warm" (cf. Sanskrit tapati "makes warm, heats, burns," tapah "heat;" Avestan tafnush "fever;" Old Church Slavonic topiti "to warm," teplu "warm;" Old Irish tene "fire;" Welsh tes "heat").

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