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

Origin of tepid

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tepidus lukewarm, equivalent to tep(ēre) to be lukewarm + -idus -id4
Related formste·pid·i·ty, tep·id·ness, nountep·id·ly, adverbsub·tep·id, adjectivesub·tep·id·ly, adverbsub·tep·id·ness, nounsub·te·pid·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for tepid

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Historical Examples of tepid

  • So she found him in the hall, holding a cup of tepid coffee.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • So Jacob said; but he was a man of tepid words, and perhaps he remembered the message too coldly.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • He declared that tepid water made him feel sick, and that he wanted it fresh.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • "It's all right, but I'm afraid your cocktail will be tepid," he said.

  • Lingard took off his hat and drew in a long sigh in the tepid breeze.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for tepid



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

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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