adjective Etymology: French & Late Latin; French insipide, from Late Latin insipidus, from Latin in- + sapidus savory, from sapere to taste — more at sage Date: 1609 1. lacking taste or savor ; tasteless <
insipid food
2. lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge ; dull, flat <
insipid prose
insipidity nouninsipidly adverb Synonyms: insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, inane mean devoid of qualities that make for spirit and character. insipid implies a lack of sufficient taste or savor to please or interest <
an insipid romance with platitudes on every page
. vapid suggests a lack of liveliness, force, or spirit <
an exciting story given a vapid treatment
. flat applies to things that have lost their sparkle or zest <
although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat
. jejune suggests a lack of rewarding or satisfying substance <
a jejune and gassy speech
. banal stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy <
a banal tale of unrequited love
. inane implies a lack of any significant or convincing quality <
an inane interpretation of the play

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • insipid — INSIPÍD, Ă, insipizi, de, adj. (Despre corpuri chimice, substanţe etc.) Fără gust; (despre alimente) fad, searbăd. ♦ fig. Fără spirit, fără haz, anost. – Din fr. insipide. Trimis de valeriu, 21.07.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  INSIPÍD adj. dulceag, fad,… …   Dicționar Român

  • insipid — insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, wishy washy, inane mean devoid of qualities which give spirit, character, or substance to a thing. Something insipid is without taste, or savor, or pungency; the term is applied not only to food and drink… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Insipid — In*sip id, a. [L. insipidus; pref. in not + sapidus savory, fr. sapere to taste: cf. F. insipide. See {Savor}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Wanting in the qualities which affect the organs of taste; without taste or savor; vapid; tasteless; as, insipid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insipid — [in sip′id] adj. [< Fr & LL: Fr insipide < LL insipidus < L in , not + sapidus, savory < sapere, to taste: see SAPIENT] 1. without flavor; tasteless 2. not exciting or interesting; dull; lifeless insipidity n. pl. insipidities… …   English World dictionary

  • insipid — 1610s, without taste or perceptible flavor, from Fr. insipide (16c.), from L.L. inspidus tasteless, from L. in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + sapidus tasty, from sapere have a taste (also be wise; see SAPIENT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • insipid — [adj1] dull, uninteresting anemic, arid, banal, beige, blah*, bland, characterless, colorless, commonplace, dead*, drab, driveling, dry, feeble, flat, ho hum*, inane, innocuous, jejune, lifeless, limp, mild, mundane, nebbish, nothing, ordinary,… …   New thesaurus

  • Insipid — (v. lat.), fad, geschmacklos …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Insipīd — (lat.), unschmackhaft; fade, albern …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Insipid — (lat.), unschmackhaft, albern …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Insipid — Insipid, lat. deutsch, fade, abgeschmackt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • insipid — I adjective banal, bloodless, boring, colorless, diluted, dreary, dull, feeble, flat, flavorless, frigidus, halfhearted, impotent, inactive, ineffective, ineptus, insubstantial, insulsus, irresolute, languid, limp, pointless, powerless, savorless …   Law dictionary

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