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  1. moderately warm; lukewarm:tepid water.

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

Origin of tepid

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin tepidus “lukewarm,” from tep(ēre) “to be lukewarm” + -idus -id4

Other words for tepid

Other words from tepid

  • te·pid·i·ty, tep·id·ness, noun
  • tep·id·ly, adverb
  • sub·tep·id, adjective
  • sub·tep·id·ly, adverb
  • sub·tep·id·ness, noun
  • sub·te·pid·i·ty, noun

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How to use tepid in a sentence

  • Emin seemed pleasant, tepidly confident, and, dare I say, even a tad uncool—but in a good way.

    Has Tracey Emin Gone Soft? | Rachel Wolff | November 5, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The peculiar moving hush and tepidly stagnant air of a sick-room penetrated even through the panels.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Lady Isabel, so easy-going and tepidly affectionate towards her children, was adamant where her social creed was concerned.

    Consequences | E. M. Delafield
  • A grey haze had blotted out the sun and the still air clung about him tepidly.

    The Reef | Edith Wharton
  • Despite her affection for her son, Mrs. Kincaid was but tepidly interested in the career that engrossed him.

    The Man Who Was Good | Leonard Merrick
  • How often she had said all these things that tepidly-loved women say!

    A Devotee | Mary Cholmondeley

British Dictionary definitions for tepid


/ (ˈtɛpɪd) /

  1. slightly warm; lukewarm

  2. relatively unenthusiastic or apathetic: the play had a tepid reception

Origin of tepid

C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm

Derived forms of tepid

  • tepidity or tepidness, noun
  • tepidly, adverb

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