Definition of tepid in English:



  • 1(especially of a liquid) only slightly warm; lukewarm.

    • ‘Gently wipe away all traces of the cleanser with a face washer wrung out in tepid water, rinsing at least twice more in warm water.’
    • ‘Here, you can laze on a beach lounger attended to by courteous, but discreet, staff, or paddle or swim in the tepid turquoise water.’
    • ‘Serve it cold, tepid or warm with mascarpone, Greek yoghurt, ice cream, crème fraîche and/or real custard.’
    • ‘Every couple of months, set the plant in the shower and spray the foliage with tepid water to wash off dust.’
    • ‘Sponging the exposed parts of the body with tepid water on a regular basis is a very useful method to bring the temperature down’
    • ‘She managed to reach the shower unmolested, and was soon standing under the tepid spray of water.’
    • ‘The tepid water in the Gulf fed more heat and moisture into the hurricane.’
    • ‘The six sea lions, which in the wild live in cold sea waters, spend most of their time seeking relief in the tepid water of their pond.’
    • ‘He drank all of the tepid water from the glass and filled it again.’
    • ‘Make a well in the flour and add the tepid water and olive oil to the centre.’
    • ‘And don't get me started on the hapless server who warms up my cup for me with more tepid water.’
    • ‘The water was tepid and inviting in this evening cold, and Allie slipped in up to her chin, kicking her feet lightly.’
    • ‘Cool to tepid water helps reduce fevers; warm water relaxes the child and soothes the nervous system.’
    • ‘Spraying leaves often with tepid water helps increase humidity and keep the foliage clean and healthy.’
    • ‘At the end of your shower, make the water as hot as you can comfortably tolerate for one minute and follow that with a minute of tepid water.’
    • ‘I stepped out of the tub when the water grew tepid, feeling a lot more relaxed.’
    • ‘He finished the tepid liquid in one swallow, then motioned with his head.’
    • ‘The tepid liquid flows down my throat and straight to the bottom of my stomach.’
    • ‘Itchiness and skin irritation can be reduced by keeping the skin cool with light clothing and tepid baths or sponging.’
    • ‘Faint delicate rises could be seen, a long way off but the water was almost tepid at the surface and it seemed impossible that anything should be feeding on this quiet evening.’
    • ‘But it didn't take much imagination to picture swarms of tourists eager to frolic in the soft sand and splash about in the tepid waters.’
    lukewarm, warmish, slightly warm
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  • 2Showing little enthusiasm.

    ‘the applause was tepid’
    • ‘Yet the United Nations, the great world body created to bring peace and to disseminate aid to suffering people showed only tepid response.’
    • ‘He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match.’
    • ‘It seems that in the United Kingdom, there is sometimes kind of a tepid response to the royals.’
    • ‘Though public response has been tepid, advocates of civil rights are enthusiastic.’
    • ‘There was tepid response to the issues that he I think expected to get applause on.’
    • ‘The tepid response to Augusta's all-male private club shows some women still don't want to rock the boat.’
    • ‘And while it's only been 30 days or more, I have to say, with the clock ticking, the response has been tepid at best.’
    • ‘The challenge has been issued and our tepid response points to the rot in our society.’
    • ‘But some observers wonder if the tepid response from operators may have influenced the delay.’
    unenthusiastic, apathetic, half-hearted, indifferent, cool, lukewarm, uninterested, unconcerned, offhand, perfunctory, desultory, limp, listless
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Late Middle English: from Latin tepidus, from tepere ‘be warm’.