Definition of insipid in English:



  • 1Lacking flavor.

    ‘mugs of insipid coffee’
    • ‘They had that one small window of opportunity to be blessed with my presence at their insipid little lunch, and cookie lady blew it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People no longer like plain insipid soups, preferring instead spicy offerings with an unusual combination of ingredients.’
    • ‘Even today, in this age of designer bars and huge superpubs, the pint of lager is generally an insipid, watery travesty.’
    • ‘Say goodbye to eating dull, monotonous and insipid food day after day.’
    • ‘They are almost without acid and therefore insipid in flavour.’
    • ‘We settled for lager - and got the most insipid, tasteless liquid I've swallowed in a long time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sadly, the larger volume of water dilutes the taste of the flavouring ingredients, thus rendering the flavour of the noodles rather watery and insipid.’
    • ‘Don't even think about cocoa powders or the thin, insipid apology for chocolate drinks you get from machines.’
    • ‘So many South African wines, particularly the big brands, are insipid, bland offerings, despite this great diversity.’
    • ‘It's weak, it's thin, it's insipid and it's desperately unsatisfying.’
    • ‘Before they are thoroughly matured, moreover, they are apt to be insipid in flavour, and to cause dyspepsia and other forms of intestinal disturbance.’
    • ‘Leaner and therefore less tasty than the proper stuff, this flaccid, pale and insipid bacon is unfortunately afflicted with a water-retention problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hearty food will make lighter wine taste insipid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A similarly well-made Béarnaise was, however, required to give an insipid chunk of New York strip steak a bit of flavour.’
    tasteless, flavourless, unflavoured, savourless, bland, weak, thin, watery, watered-down, unappetizing, unpalatable
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    1. 1.1Lacking vigor or interest.
      ‘many artists continued to churn out insipid, shallow works’
      • ‘The most boring, turgid, insipid or blatantly tragic films become a source of immense fun and wonder in his hands.’
      • ‘But most agreed that many of the items were neither insipid nor shallow.’
      • ‘The pictures are good but the text is mostly insipid.’
      • ‘The magic of melody and voice can work wonders with a poem, which would otherwise have been insipid to the ordinary reader.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps a bootlegger will make something interesting out of these insipid ditties.’
      • ‘More dull, bland, insipid and uninspiring commercial radio is on its way!’
      • ‘As a vocalist, however, he only emphasises the insipid nature of his songs, most of which are reminiscent of mediocre 80s pop.’
      • ‘Besides that, the dull weapons, graphics and truly uninspiring level design made this game one insipid boring waste of time.’
      • ‘It represents nothing more than banality, platitudes, and outrageous nonsense clumsily conveyed by insipid prose.’
      • ‘Henry's charm begins to work on Carol, who's bored by her dull life and insipid husband.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hot colours tend to advance visually and dominate, making less strong colours appear dull and insipid.’
      • ‘Lily is very shallow and insipid; William has to buy her all of her necessities.’
      • ‘After the insipid performances from the panel during the ‘great debate’ on Sunday, it is so obvious that we do.’
      • ‘And the textbooks are often insipid and bland, presenting a world which has no realities that children experience.’
      • ‘Mind you it is doubtful we will see a shallower, more insipid attempt at shifting the blame from the attacker to a victim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


Early 17th century: from French insipide or late Latin insipidus, from in- not + sapidus (see sapid).