Definition of bland in US English:

bland

adjective

  • 1Lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting.

    ‘rebelling against the bland uniformity’
    • ‘From then on, the album becomes fairly bland and generic soft rock.’
    • ‘He stars as a sound engineer in a happy but bland marriage to an emotionally fragile woman with psychic abilities.’
    • ‘Fragile moments of poignant emotion are coupled with bland and lifeless battle scenes.’
    • ‘If you don't use some essence of a stereotype, the characters are bland and you can't find the conflict.’
    • ‘That bland description understates the drama and stakes of the investigation.’
    • ‘I feel sorry for today's youth being spoon-fed safe bland manufactured pop devoid of emotion.’
    • ‘Its visuals are disappointingly mediocre, featuring bland and utterly uninspired track designs.’
    • ‘Its styling is bland, the engines lacklustre and interiors depressing.’
    • ‘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 first few songs are bland and uninspiring public space music.’
    • ‘This part of the movie is quite dull, mostly because of the bland one-dimensionality of the characters.’
    • ‘They can already sense how bland and uninteresting their relationship will be, how the years will yawn away and stretch to eternity.’
    • ‘His family now lived in a typically bland modern suburb but his heart lay with the little island where he grew up.’
    • ‘Colors seem to be unnaturally muted, so that the entire movie has a soft, bland look to it.’
    • ‘The peripheral characters are given similarly bland treatment.’
    • ‘The movie is so tame, so bland and so uninspired, it just feels like a wasted opportunity.’
    • ‘While this helps in the credibility department, it makes the trial somewhat bland and characterless.’
    • ‘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) mild or insipid.
      ‘bland and unadventurous vegetarian dish’
      ‘bland beers of mediocre quality’
      • ‘In another contrast to the perfect fish, the bed of too-hard beans with their thin, bland tomato sauce was disappointing.’
      • ‘The dish was too bland, lacking flavour, and the aloe seemed not entirely fresh.’
      • ‘These companies seemed to believe that what drinkers wanted to drink was bland beer that was fizzy and tasteless.’
      • ‘Chinese medicine has long advocated bland, unprocessed food for a long, healthy life.’
      • ‘Favor simple, bland foods and cool drinks, and avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 food was bland and unappealing, with no flavour she could tolerate.’
      • ‘Serve a soft, bland diet that does not require a lot of chewing and encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids.’
      • ‘Supermarkets offer the same cosmetically perfect bland foods, from apples to bread to cheese.’
      • ‘She is a cake maker with a fine decorative sense but her cakes are bland and tasteless.’
      • ‘If you can face it, bland foods such as toast or crackers may relieve feelings of nausea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So if prepared foods are actually bland and nutritionally barren, what do they have going for them?’
      • ‘The resultant fare was fresh enough, but the dressing was bland and thin.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘While the chemistry between the two leads is rather bland, there is no denying their emotion.’
      • ‘This even extends to some of the marquee stars, as Mary Jane looks particularly bland with flattened features.’
      • ‘Her voice was bland, filled with as much emotion as the oatmeal my mother gave me for my meals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His eyes, although bland, were laced with an emotion that she could not place.’
      • ‘The simple repetition of bland reassurance that fails to address patients' fears is ineffective.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a relatively dry track featuring two very bland commentators.’
      • ‘With that peculiar bland expression adorning her features, she seemed so lost in her own thoughts.’
      • ‘I hope he does something about the public image of his party and, more importantly, his dull, bland self.’
      • ‘He spoke in a voice so calm and bland, it stuck in the air like an emotionless reverberation.’
      • ‘He gave his friend an unintelligibly bland look, and trotted off into the distance with no comment.’
      • ‘I guess I'd rather have a bit of a reputation than be bland and boring.’
      • ‘He grinned but said nothing as his features faded into a bland monotonous look.’
      • ‘It is easiest to define first what its role should not be - bland reassurance.’
      • ‘The poor boring, bland singer has to follow a dynamic superstar.’
      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/