Definition of vapid in US English:

vapid

adjective

  • Offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging.

    ‘tuneful but vapid musical comedies’
    • ‘The party gained seats, recovering from its winter crisis, but it did so on the back of a vapid campaign.’
    • ‘Nowadays critics are vapid, passionless creatures who seem increasingly irrelevant.’
    • ‘The other characters are, without exception, vapid, obnoxious and self-centred.’
    • ‘In a time of vapid politicians who only speak from pre-agreed scripts, a bit of colour, rank mischief and sharp politics cannot go amiss.’
    • ‘The blonde beauty believes her image as a vapid party girl is completely unfair, as she's always been proud of her classroom achievements.’
    • ‘It is not a trait that endears Allen to neoconservatives, who regard him as intellectually vapid and ideologically bland.’
    • ‘If wealthy people are willing to pay for vapid advice, new-age speak and tips on what not to wear, that is their outlook.’
    • ‘These vapid pseudo intellectuals are the problem with today's law schools.’
    • ‘The vapid storylines and woeful acting just leave me cold.’
    • ‘She seems nice if a bit vapid, staring at him, hanging on his every word, etc.’
    • ‘Sound-bites are often derided, and with good reason - many are dishonest or vapid.’
    • ‘Somewhere through the course of their vapid conversation, she caught my eye and smirked knowingly.’
    • ‘She says she loves being a designer - and insists the fashion world is not as vapid and self-regarding as it can seem.’
    • ‘I get so angry with the vapid women who fill our airwaves with their cute, giggly soundbites.’
    • ‘The whole thing would be hilarious if it wasn't so vapid.’
    • ‘The whole exercise is so intellectually vapid the result is meaningless.’
    • ‘Wilson's interpretations of her work, however, are often vapid.’
    • ‘It is quite breathtaking to realise quite how rapacious the industry is and how conceited and vapid are its practitioners.’
    • ‘It's pretty vapid stuff from the man whom we were all told was the future.’
    • ‘This bland collection of vapid songs and empty sentiments sounds exactly as you would expect.’
    insipid, uninspired, colourless, uninteresting, feeble, flat, dead, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, uninspiring, unimaginative, lifeless, zestless, spiritless, sterile, anaemic, tame, bloodless, jejune, vacuous, bland, stale, trite, pallid, wishy-washy, watery, tasteless, milk-and-water, flavourless
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Origin

Mid 17th century (used originally in description of drinks as ‘lacking in flavor’): from Latin vapidus.

Pronunciation

vapid

/ˈvæpəd//ˈvapəd/