Definition of tasteless in English:



  • 1Lacking flavour.

    ‘the vegetables were watery and tasteless’
    • ‘Lettuce has got to be one of the most tasteless bland things it is possible to eat.’
    • ‘After a few days, even the best instant coffee is much more bland and tasteless.’
    • ‘Not all of it is usable; the outside has an unpleasant flavour and is scraped off, and the tasteless core is usually discarded.’
    • ‘They have a chewy texture not unlike meat and, since they are basically tasteless, you can flavour them any way you like.’
    • ‘Mr Gray has previously called for supermarkets to stock more British fruit and he even branded French apples tasteless and unappetising.’
    • ‘The sauce has a mild, somewhat peculiar curry flavour, but the ravioli are truly tasteless.’
    • ‘Shark-fin provides gelatinous bulk in soup but is tasteless - the soup has to be flavoured with chicken stock.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the soaked scallop is washed of its flavours, and can become quite tasteless.’
    • ‘People often complain that tomatoes sold in supermarkets are bland and tasteless compared with those fresh from the vine.’
    • ‘Their blueberry sauce managed to be thick but watery and tasteless at the same time.’
    • ‘According to him, broiler or farm chicken is as good as vegetables, but tasteless and bland, however well they may be prepared.’
    • ‘The chips were also fine, if extremely well cooked, but the rather bland and tasteless mixed veg were nothing to write home about, so I won't.’
    • ‘When doctors recommend lowering the salt in your diet, it doesn't mean your food has to be tasteless and bland.’
    • ‘Research published last year showed Scots do not like counting calories and find healthy foods tasteless and boring.’
    • ‘We settled for lager - and got the most insipid, tasteless liquid I've swallowed in a long time.’
    • ‘I hope their bland, tasteless products never pass my lips ever again.’
    • ‘She found the pancake bland and tasteless and, having sampled a corner, I had to agree.’
    • ‘When you actually buy a pint of this lager, it is generally weak and tasteless: not good beer at all.’
    • ‘All the flavours were superficial and the beef was tasteless.’
    • ‘The steak is gristly and pretty tasteless - the latter a characteristic it shares with the dull chips.’
    flavourless, bland, insipid, unappetizing, unflavoured, savourless, watered-down, watery, weak, thin, vapid, uninspired
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  • 2Considered to be lacking in aesthetic judgement or to constitute inappropriate behaviour.

    ‘a tasteless joke’
    • ‘There is no doubt that certain adverts will be found to be tasteless, insulting, or offensive to certain people - even large groups of people.’
    • ‘Initially, Dana thought someone was playing a tasteless joke and threw the letter in the bin.’
    • ‘We all remain firmly in the grip of influential, tasteless oafs.’
    • ‘I now regret that totally tasteless and inappropriate joke about his singing that managed to work its way into the copy.’
    • ‘But all those parodies and crude appeals to the worst and most tasteless side of our nature, make me despair of human creativity.’
    • ‘The book the film is based on is nasty and tasteless but the film is just a joke.’
    • ‘First thing Monday morning, I would be in at school or work, entertaining people with crass jokes and tasteless witticisms.’
    • ‘Crude and tasteless, the film showed no let-up of violence against women and cast aspersions on the morals of working women.’
    • ‘The results can be tasteless, offensive, adolescent, and often counterproductive.’
    • ‘This site is tasteless, pointless, daft, offensive - and worth checking out.’
    • ‘The artist who complained to the county said the painting is offensive and tasteless.’
    • ‘Oh, and we laughed at some comments and jokes that were incredibly tasteless and funny.’
    • ‘At issue are postage stamps that are tasteless and racially offensive.’
    • ‘Apart from being a rather tasteless joke, this is blatantly untrue.’
    • ‘However, your pun, besides having little relation to Carlsbad's piece, was both tasteless and offensive.’
    • ‘The work is both a stupendously tasteless joke and a massive painting with a cat's face at the top of the middle canvas.’
    • ‘I think it is crude, tasteless, and not to mention a cheap stab at getting attention.’
    • ‘Get called tasteless, crass and unfeeling towards the other victims of the hurricane.’
    • ‘It is certainly tasteless and quite funny in a gross out kind of way.’
    • ‘He he to admit that the models for the baby clothes are adorable, but there are a whole series of tasteless jokes that could be made here.’
    vulgar, crude, tawdry, garish, gaudy, loud, trashy, showy, ostentatious, cheap, cheap and nasty, gross, meretricious, inelegant
    crude, vulgar, low, gross, indelicate, uncouth, crass, tactless, undiplomatic, indiscreet, inappropriate, offensive, unacceptable
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