Definition of bland in US English:

bland

adjective

  • 1Lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting.

    ‘rebelling against the bland uniformity’
    • ‘This part of the movie is quite dull, mostly because of the bland one-dimensionality of the characters.’
    • ‘If you don't use some essence of a stereotype, the characters are bland and you can't find the conflict.’
    • ‘Its styling is bland, the engines lacklustre and interiors depressing.’
    • ‘That bland description understates the drama and stakes of the investigation.’
    • ‘Its visuals are disappointingly mediocre, featuring bland and utterly uninspired track designs.’
    • ‘The movie is so tame, so bland and so uninspired, it just feels like a wasted opportunity.’
    • ‘They can already sense how bland and uninteresting their relationship will be, how the years will yawn away and stretch to eternity.’
    • ‘From then on, the album becomes fairly bland and generic soft rock.’
    • ‘Colors seem to be unnaturally muted, so that the entire movie has a soft, bland look to it.’
    • ‘While this helps in the credibility department, it makes the trial somewhat bland and characterless.’
    • ‘These characters are so bland and dumb it's hard enough to remember their names let alone believe or care about them.’
    • ‘Fragile moments of poignant emotion are coupled with bland and lifeless battle scenes.’
    • ‘I feel sorry for today's youth being spoon-fed safe bland manufactured pop devoid of emotion.’
    • ‘It includes some of the most emotionally creative and technically brilliant music alongside the bland and inane.’
    • ‘The current station is far from perfect, but at least it has character, which this bland, uninspired new design fails to achieve.’
    • ‘His family now lived in a typically bland modern suburb but his heart lay with the little island where he grew up.’
    • ‘We started dancing, but rapidly became bored with the bland, unimaginative hip-hop that was being played.’
    • ‘The first few songs are bland and uninspiring public space music.’
    • ‘The peripheral characters are given similarly bland treatment.’
    • ‘He stars as a sound engineer in a happy but bland marriage to an emotionally fragile woman with psychic abilities.’
    uninteresting, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, dry, drab, dreary, wearisome
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    1. 1.1 (of food or drink) mild or insipid.
      ‘bland and unadventurous vegetarian dish’
      ‘bland beers of mediocre quality’
      • ‘The dish was too bland, lacking flavour, and the aloe seemed not entirely fresh.’
      • ‘The food was bland and unappealing, with no flavour she could tolerate.’
      • ‘Diced tuna is too soft and bland to leave any impression on your tongue or your mind unless served with wasabi cream.’
      • ‘I'm not hugely hopeful as my other babies didn't seem to think much of the bland rice cereal.’
      • ‘It wasn't to be a bland stew of traditions but something strong and spicy.’
      • ‘The resultant fare was fresh enough, but the dressing was bland and thin.’
      • ‘She is a cake maker with a fine decorative sense but her cakes are bland and tasteless.’
      • ‘Chinese medicine has long advocated bland, unprocessed food for a long, healthy life.’
      • ‘In another contrast to the perfect fish, the bed of too-hard beans with their thin, bland tomato sauce was disappointing.’
      • ‘After a week of eating the bland food in our mess, meals like these really hit the spot.’
      • ‘You can replace these by drinking plenty of bland liquids such as water and soda water.’
      • ‘When you feel better, try small amounts of bland foods, such as toast, applesauce or bananas.’
      • ‘Supermarkets offer the same cosmetically perfect bland foods, from apples to bread to cheese.’
      • ‘If you can face it, bland foods such as toast or crackers may relieve feelings of nausea.’
      • ‘So if prepared foods are actually bland and nutritionally barren, what do they have going for them?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Favor simple, bland foods and cool drinks, and avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine.’
      • ‘Serve a soft, bland diet that does not require a lot of chewing and encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids.’
      • ‘These companies seemed to believe that what drinkers wanted to drink was bland beer that was fizzy and tasteless.’
      • ‘As far as I'm concerned organic food is a lot like the Progressive Party - soft, bland and somewhat dense.’
      tasteless, flavourless, insipid, mild, savourless, unflavoured, weak, thin, watery, watered-down, spiceless, unappetizing
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    2. 1.2 (of a person or behavior) showing no strong emotion; dull and unremarkable.
      ‘his expression was bland and unreadable’
      ‘offering bland reassurance’
      • ‘It had to be special to add a spark of emotion to his normally bland personality.’
      • ‘He asked, instead, his same dead, flat, bland monotone staying in his voice.’
      • ‘He grinned but said nothing as his features faded into a bland monotonous look.’
      • ‘This even extends to some of the marquee stars, as Mary Jane looks particularly bland with flattened features.’
      • ‘I guess I'd rather have a bit of a reputation than be bland and boring.’
      • ‘Her voice was bland, filled with as much emotion as the oatmeal my mother gave me for my meals.’
      • ‘I hope he does something about the public image of his party and, more importantly, his dull, bland self.’
      • ‘While the chemistry between the two leads is rather bland, there is no denying their emotion.’
      • ‘This is a relatively dry track featuring two very bland commentators.’
      • ‘It is easiest to define first what its role should not be - bland reassurance.’
      • ‘His eyes, although bland, were laced with an emotion that she could not place.’
      • ‘He gave his friend an unintelligibly bland look, and trotted off into the distance with no comment.’
      • ‘The simple repetition of bland reassurance that fails to address patients' fears is ineffective.’
      • ‘With that peculiar bland expression adorning her features, she seemed so lost in her own thoughts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The poor boring, bland singer has to follow a dynamic superstar.’
      • ‘He spoke in a voice so calm and bland, it stuck in the air like an emotionless reverberation.’
      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

/bland//blænd/