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


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1. pungent. 2. stimulating.
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  1. bereft of strength, sharpness, flavour, etc; flat
  2. boring or dull; lifelessvapid talk
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Derived Formsvapidity, nounvapidly, adverbvapidness, noun

Word Origin

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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