[ vap-id ]
/ ˈvæp ɪd /


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

Nearby words

  1. vanward,
  2. vanzetti,
  3. vape,
  4. vape pen,
  5. vaphio,
  6. vapidly,
  7. vapor,
  8. vapor barrier,
  9. vapor lock,
  10. vapor pressure

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vapidity


/ (ˈvæpɪd) /


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 vapidity



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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