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From French insipide, from Latin īnsipidus (tasteless), from in- (not) + sapidus (savory). In some senses, perhaps influenced by insipient (unwise, foolish, stupid).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈsɪp.ɪd/
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insipid (comparative more insipid, superlative most insipid)

  1. Unappetizingly flavorless.
    Synonyms: tasteless, bland, vapid, wearish
    The diners were disappointed with the plain, insipid soup they were served.
  2. Flat; lacking character or definition.
    Synonyms: boring, vacuous, dull, bland, characterless, colourless
    The textbook had a most insipid presentation of the controversy.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Cloyingly sweet or sentimental.
    • 1972, Peter A. Tasch, The Dramatic Cobbler: The Life and Works of Isaac Bickerstaff, →ISBN, page 80:
      Sentiment, insipid sentiment, gives it what colouring it has.
    Synonyms: corny, fatuous
    Greeting cards contain some of the most insipid words ever written.

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