[ tep-id ]
/ ˈtɛp ɪd /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for tepidly


/ (ˈtɛpɪd) /


slightly warm; lukewarm
relatively unenthusiastic or apatheticthe play had a tepid reception

Derived Forms

tepidity or tepidness, nountepidly, adverb

Word Origin for tepid

C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm
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