Definition of insipid in English:



  • 1Lacking flavour; weak or tasteless.

    ‘mugs of insipid coffee’
    • ‘Hearty food will make lighter wine taste insipid.’
    • ‘They are almost without acid and therefore insipid in flavour.’
    • ‘Don't even think about cocoa powders or the thin, insipid apology for chocolate drinks you get from machines.’
    • ‘Leaner and therefore less tasty than the proper stuff, this flaccid, pale and insipid bacon is unfortunately afflicted with a water-retention problem.’
    • ‘It combined beautifully with the capers, although the mustard dressing was a little too insipid and in dire danger of being lost against the other pungent tastes.’
    • ‘Sadly, the larger volume of water dilutes the taste of the flavouring ingredients, thus rendering the flavour of the noodles rather watery and insipid.’
    • ‘There were indeed big chunks of chocolate, but the ice-cream itself was insipid and flavourless.’
    • ‘And their only experience of strawberries is the chilled, wrapped and insipid kind from the supermarket shelf.’
    • ‘Before they are thoroughly matured, moreover, they are apt to be insipid in flavour, and to cause dyspepsia and other forms of intestinal disturbance.’
    • ‘A similarly well-made Béarnaise was, however, required to give an insipid chunk of New York strip steak a bit of flavour.’
    • ‘I am not usually given to frequenting these places for more than a cup of insipid coffee but this one, contrary to the norm used to be good.’
    • ‘Say goodbye to eating dull, monotonous and insipid food day after day.’
    • ‘People no longer like plain insipid soups, preferring instead spicy offerings with an unusual combination of ingredients.’
    • ‘It's weak, it's thin, it's insipid and it's desperately unsatisfying.’
    • ‘It is important to force through nearly all of the pulp, otherwise you will lose a lot of the flavour and be left with a bowl of insipid liquid.’
    • ‘They had that one small window of opportunity to be blessed with my presence at their insipid little lunch, and cookie lady blew it.’
    • ‘There are ‘fast food’ cafeterias all over town that take advantage of this hurry and serve up what can only be described as insipid food.’
    • ‘Even today, in this age of designer bars and huge superpubs, the pint of lager is generally an insipid, watery travesty.’
    • ‘So many South African wines, particularly the big brands, are insipid, bland offerings, despite this great diversity.’
    • ‘We settled for lager - and got the most insipid, tasteless liquid I've swallowed in a long time.’
    tasteless, flavourless, unflavoured, savourless, bland, weak, thin, watery, watered-down, unappetizing, unpalatable
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    1. 1.1Lacking vigour or interest.
      ‘many artists continued to churn out insipid, shallow works’
      • ‘And the textbooks are often insipid and bland, presenting a world which has no realities that children experience.’
      • ‘More dull, bland, insipid and uninspiring commercial radio is on its way!’
      • ‘Mind you it is doubtful we will see a shallower, more insipid attempt at shifting the blame from the attacker to a victim.’
      • ‘Perhaps a bootlegger will make something interesting out of these insipid ditties.’
      • ‘Hate has its place, though, and it's just a shame that after such an attention-grabbing introduction the music is so insipid and bland.’
      • ‘Hot colours tend to advance visually and dominate, making less strong colours appear dull and insipid.’
      • ‘By the way, incongruity is the middle name of this insipid film with characters too many and too sketchy and actors short of work or talent, or both.’
      • ‘But most agreed that many of the items were neither insipid nor shallow.’
      • ‘The magic of melody and voice can work wonders with a poem, which would otherwise have been insipid to the ordinary reader.’
      • ‘Lily is very shallow and insipid; William has to buy her all of her necessities.’
      • ‘It represents nothing more than banality, platitudes, and outrageous nonsense clumsily conveyed by insipid prose.’
      • ‘Besides that, the dull weapons, graphics and truly uninspiring level design made this game one insipid boring waste of time.’
      • ‘As a vocalist, however, he only emphasises the insipid nature of his songs, most of which are reminiscent of mediocre 80s pop.’
      • ‘After the insipid performances from the panel during the ‘great debate’ on Sunday, it is so obvious that we do.’
      • ‘Here's the gist: insipid music, a boring story and lots of people arriving in carriages.’
      • ‘When this breaker crashed onto the beach of popular culture, the legend was made and the grave dug, but the music his legacy has inspired is insipid and dull.’
      • ‘I'm not interested in stupid, insipid men who flower me with ridiculous comments in the hope that I'll fall madly in love with them.’
      • ‘Henry's charm begins to work on Carol, who's bored by her dull life and insipid husband.’
      • ‘The pictures are good but the text is mostly insipid.’
      • ‘The most boring, turgid, insipid or blatantly tragic films become a source of immense fun and wonder in his hands.’
      unimaginative, uninspired, uninspiring, characterless, flat, bland, vapid, uninteresting, unexciting, lacklustre, lustreless, dull, prosaic, boring, monotonous, tedious, wearisome, dry, dry as dust, jejune, humdrum, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, pedestrian, trite, banal, tired, hackneyed, stale, lame, tame, poor, inadequate, half-hearted, bloodless, sterile, anaemic, barren
      uninteresting, boring, vapid, dull, spiritless, zestless, bloodless, lifeless, characterless, lacking personality, lacking charisma, anaemic, wishy-washy, pathetic
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Early 17th century: from French insipide or late Latin insipidus, from in- not + sapidus (see sapid).