Definition of bland in English:

bland

adjective

  • 1Lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting.

    ‘bland, mass-produced pop music’
    • ‘From then on, the album becomes fairly bland and generic soft rock.’
    • ‘This part of the movie is quite dull, mostly because of the bland one-dimensionality of the characters.’
    • ‘He stars as a sound engineer in a happy but bland marriage to an emotionally fragile woman with psychic abilities.’
    • ‘Its visuals are disappointingly mediocre, featuring bland and utterly uninspired track designs.’
    • ‘His family now lived in a typically bland modern suburb but his heart lay with the little island where he grew up.’
    • ‘While this helps in the credibility department, it makes the trial somewhat bland and characterless.’
    • ‘That bland description understates the drama and stakes of the investigation.’
    • ‘They can already sense how bland and uninteresting their relationship will be, how the years will yawn away and stretch to eternity.’
    • ‘If you don't use some essence of a stereotype, the characters are bland and you can't find the conflict.’
    • ‘The first few songs are bland and uninspiring public space music.’
    • ‘Fragile moments of poignant emotion are coupled with bland and lifeless battle scenes.’
    • ‘The movie is so tame, so bland and so uninspired, it just feels like a wasted opportunity.’
    • ‘The peripheral characters are given similarly bland treatment.’
    • ‘I feel sorry for today's youth being spoon-fed safe bland manufactured pop devoid of emotion.’
    • ‘Its styling is bland, the engines lacklustre and interiors depressing.’
    • ‘Colors seem to be unnaturally muted, so that the entire movie has a soft, bland look to it.’
    • ‘It includes some of the most emotionally creative and technically brilliant music alongside the bland and inane.’
    • ‘We started dancing, but rapidly became bored with the bland, unimaginative hip-hop that was being played.’
    • ‘These characters are so bland and dumb it's hard enough to remember their names let alone believe or care about them.’
    • ‘The current station is far from perfect, but at least it has character, which this bland, uninspired new design fails to achieve.’
    uninteresting, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, dry, drab, dreary, wearisome
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    1. 1.1 (of food or drink) unseasoned, mild-tasting, or insipid.
      ‘a bland and unadventurous vegetarian dish’
      ‘standardized bland beers of mediocre quality’
      • ‘When you feel better, try small amounts of bland foods, such as toast, applesauce or bananas.’
      • ‘Apart from the potatoes whose saffron flavour was deep and delicious, this dish was so bland it made me wonder if I had lost my sense of taste.’
      • ‘These companies seemed to believe that what drinkers wanted to drink was bland beer that was fizzy and tasteless.’
      • ‘Supermarkets offer the same cosmetically perfect bland foods, from apples to bread to cheese.’
      • ‘The food was bland and unappealing, with no flavour she could tolerate.’
      • ‘In another contrast to the perfect fish, the bed of too-hard beans with their thin, bland tomato sauce was disappointing.’
      • ‘Favor simple, bland foods and cool drinks, and avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine.’
      • ‘If you can face it, bland foods such as toast or crackers may relieve feelings of nausea.’
      • ‘It wasn't to be a bland stew of traditions but something strong and spicy.’
      • ‘As far as I'm concerned organic food is a lot like the Progressive Party - soft, bland and somewhat dense.’
      • ‘The dish was too bland, lacking flavour, and the aloe seemed not entirely fresh.’
      • ‘She is a cake maker with a fine decorative sense but her cakes are bland and tasteless.’
      • ‘After a week of eating the bland food in our mess, meals like these really hit the spot.’
      • ‘I'm not hugely hopeful as my other babies didn't seem to think much of the bland rice cereal.’
      • ‘Diced tuna is too soft and bland to leave any impression on your tongue or your mind unless served with wasabi cream.’
      • ‘Chinese medicine has long advocated bland, unprocessed food for a long, healthy life.’
      • ‘The resultant fare was fresh enough, but the dressing was bland and thin.’
      • ‘So if prepared foods are actually bland and nutritionally barren, what do they have going for them?’
      • ‘Serve a soft, bland diet that does not require a lot of chewing and encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids.’
      • ‘You can replace these by drinking plenty of bland liquids such as water and soda water.’
      tasteless, flavourless, insipid, mild, savourless, unflavoured, weak, thin, watery, watered-down, spiceless, unappetizing
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    2. 1.2 Showing no strong emotion.
      ‘his expression was bland and unreadable’
      • ‘He gave his friend an unintelligibly bland look, and trotted off into the distance with no comment.’
      • ‘I found his voice bland, without any colouring or nuance, and some of his pronunciations were downright odd.’
      • ‘The kids, besides looking like brothers, were bland and uninteresting.’
      • ‘I hope he does something about the public image of his party and, more importantly, his dull, bland self.’
      • ‘This even extends to some of the marquee stars, as Mary Jane looks particularly bland with flattened features.’
      • ‘The poor boring, bland singer has to follow a dynamic superstar.’
      • ‘It is easiest to define first what its role should not be - bland reassurance.’
      • ‘He asked, instead, his same dead, flat, bland monotone staying in his voice.’
      • ‘He spoke in a voice so calm and bland, it stuck in the air like an emotionless reverberation.’
      • ‘With that peculiar bland expression adorning her features, she seemed so lost in her own thoughts.’
      • ‘This is a relatively dry track featuring two very bland commentators.’
      • ‘Her voice was bland, filled with as much emotion as the oatmeal my mother gave me for my meals.’
      • ‘While the chemistry between the two leads is rather bland, there is no denying their emotion.’
      • ‘I guess I'd rather have a bit of a reputation than be bland and boring.’
      • ‘The simple repetition of bland reassurance that fails to address patients' fears is ineffective.’
      • ‘He grinned but said nothing as his features faded into a bland monotonous look.’
      • ‘His eyes, although bland, were laced with an emotion that she could not place.’
      • ‘It had to be special to add a spark of emotion to his normally bland personality.’
      temperate, mild, soft, calm, balmy, soothing, benign
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘gentle in manner’): from Latin blandus ‘soft, smooth’.

Pronunciation

bland

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