verb (used with object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.
- to infuse (breath, life, etc.) by breathing (usually followed by into).
- to breathe into or upon.
verb (used without object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.
Origin of inspire
Examples from the Web for uninspiring
To call them mediocre, uninspiring, and stale would be overly generous.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ever canny if uninspiring, John Boehner admitted as much in his recent remarks.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight|James Poulos|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I got into design, I had an agency for a while and I just dumped that because it was very soul-sucking and uninspiring.
Super Bowl counterprogramming has a short and uninspiring history.
Professional sports has a singularly unheroic and uninspiring precedent for treating those with a medical problem.Can NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne Race Safely With Multiple Sclerosis?|Kent Sepkowitz|November 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Teaching grubby little boys seemed to us an uninspiring profession for a splendid youth like Alec.The Heart's Country|Mary Heaton Vorse
I rose and walked to the window and gazed meditatively at the rain which swept the uninspiring little street.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne|William J. Locke
Even the lights along the river front seemed to burn with a dull and uninspiring fire.The Lighted Way|E. Phillips Oppenheim
It had a small garden but it faced directly on the walk and was a most uninspiring color.A Son of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
Above all, work to cultivate a love for good pictures, not to fill young minds with uninspiring facts.J.Great Artists, Vol 1.|Jennie Ellis Keysor
British Dictionary definitions for uninspiring (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for uninspiring (2 of 2)
- to breathe into or upon
- to breathe life into
Word Origin for inspire
Word Origin and History for uninspiring
mid-14c., enspiren, "to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.);" also "to prompt or induce (someone to do something)," from Old French enspirer (13c.), from Latin inspirare "inflame; blow into" (see inspiration), a loan-translation of Greek pnein in the Bible. General sense of "influence or animate with an idea or purpose" is from late 14c. Also sometimes used in literal sense in Middle English Related: Inspired; inspires; inspiring.