Definition of blandness in US English:



  • 1Lack of strong emotions, features, or characteristics.

    ‘the overall blandness of his performance’
    • ‘It exudes the blandness of the Eisenhower era.’
    • ‘The claustrophobic blandness of my existence in suburban Buffalo blinded me from the legions of disaffected youth fighting the same battles.’
    • ‘From the outer reaches of electronica, she comes engaged in a furious mission to save pop music from utter blandness.’
    • ‘There are noticeable exceptions to the general blandness of the extras.’
    • ‘He repeatedly aims for a mesmerizing mood, which can sometimes relax into blandness.’
    • ‘An emphasis on naturalistic surface detail was in reaction against the blandness of much Neoclassical sculpture.’
    • ‘The album's impact has been diminished by over-familiarity, by overexposure, by its very blandness.’
    • ‘Perhaps the blandness of the human endeavors is purposeful.’
    • ‘The movie is so afraid to offend anyone or anything that a fog of blandness hangs over the entire proceedings.’
    • ‘This seemed pleasant enough at the time, but made no lasting impression other than blandness for me.’
    1. 1.1 (with reference to food or drink) the quality of being unseasoned, mild-tasting, or insipid.
      ‘the boneless chops were underseasoned to the point of blandness’
      • ‘Perhaps the vivid hues are supposed to make up for the blandness of what gets served.’
      • ‘The buttery blandness of the usually overrated filet mignon gets surmounted by a brash pepper-splattered crust.’
      • ‘The tuna tartare leaves blandness behind with a kickoff of tomato-and-caper emulsion.’
      • ‘This was a green curry of such blandness that had I tasted it blind I'd not have known what I was eating.’
      • ‘Sometimes this kind of food can veer into blandness, but in the proper hands it's an education in primary flavors.’
      • ‘The halibut is steamed into a kind of inert blandness, but the swordfish is a satisfying combination of gourmet flavor and heft.’
      • ‘This technological approach has created a certain blandness and monotony in the wines.’
      • ‘The blandness of the port-and-chicken-liver mousse was redeemed by a sweet red-onion marmalade.’
      • ‘For those used to the blandness of tofu, tempeh's assertive flavor may come as a surprise.’
      • ‘That such blandness should still predominate is all the more befuddling because the quality of the main ingredients is impeccable.’