lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat: vapid tea.
without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious: a vapid party; vapid conversation.

Origin of vapid

1650–60; < Latin vapidus; akin to vapor
Related formsva·pid·i·ty, vap·id·ness, nounvap·id·ly, adverb
Can be confusedvacant vacuous vapid

Synonyms for vapid

Antonyms for vapid

1. pungent. 2. stimulating. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vapid

Contemporary Examples of vapid

Historical Examples of vapid

  • Still less did I think that he would take even the faintest interest in such a vapid creature.

    Our Elizabeth

    Florence A. Kilpatrick

  • The dear-bought knowledge of her youth enables her to read the vapid men and women around her.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • How poor, how vapid, and how meagre is the effort to recall the wit that set the table in a roar!

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • On going back to the sacristy the Reverend Golightly congratulated him with a simper and a vapid smile.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Scarcely more did they interest her than her vapid adventure with Ahab Wright.

    In the Heart of a Fool

    William Allen White

British Dictionary definitions for vapid



bereft of strength, sharpness, flavour, etc; flat
boring or dull; lifelessvapid talk
Derived Formsvapidity, nounvapidly, adverbvapidness, noun

Word Origin for vapid

C17: from Latin vapidus; related to vappa tasteless or flat wine, and perhaps to vapor warmth
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Word Origin and History for vapid

1650s, "flat, insipid" (of drinks), from Latin vapidus "flat, insipid," literally "that has exhaled its vapor," related to vappa "stale wine," and probably to vapor "vapor." Applied from 1758 to talk and writing deemed dull and lifeless. Related: Vapidly.

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