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

  • No; the tame and vapid acquiescents are not to be found in literature.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • He was born to the camp, and not to the vapid air of courts.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • And what a number of vapid and tasteless jokes would it provoke!

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Some vapid, frivolous, and would-be fashionable, but all full of kindly motive.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • Do they take me for so vapid a little fool that I may be compelled to any course they choose?

    Margaret Tudor

    Annie T. Colcock

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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