Definition of vapid in US English:

vapid

adjective

  • Offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging.

    ‘tuneful but vapid musical comedies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's pretty vapid stuff from the man whom we were all told was the future.’
    • ‘Wilson's interpretations of her work, however, are often vapid.’
    • ‘The whole thing would be hilarious if it wasn't so vapid.’
    • ‘This bland collection of vapid songs and empty sentiments sounds exactly as you would expect.’
    • ‘She seems nice if a bit vapid, staring at him, hanging on his every word, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These vapid pseudo intellectuals are the problem with today's law schools.’
    • ‘I get so angry with the vapid women who fill our airwaves with their cute, giggly soundbites.’
    • ‘Somewhere through the course of their vapid conversation, she caught my eye and smirked knowingly.’
    • ‘The party gained seats, recovering from its winter crisis, but it did so on the back of a vapid campaign.’
    • ‘It is quite breathtaking to realise quite how rapacious the industry is and how conceited and vapid are its practitioners.’
    • ‘Sound-bites are often derided, and with good reason - many are dishonest or vapid.’
    • ‘She says she loves being a designer - and insists the fashion world is not as vapid and self-regarding as it can seem.’
    • ‘The other characters are, without exception, vapid, obnoxious and self-centred.’
    • ‘The whole exercise is so intellectually vapid the result is meaningless.’
    • ‘The vapid storylines and woeful acting just leave me cold.’
    • ‘If wealthy people are willing to pay for vapid advice, new-age speak and tips on what not to wear, that is their outlook.’
    • ‘Nowadays critics are vapid, passionless creatures who seem increasingly irrelevant.’
    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

/ˈvapəd//ˈvæpəd/