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  • 1Lacking flavor.

    ‘mugs of insipid coffee’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before they are thoroughly matured, moreover, they are apt to be insipid in flavour, and to cause dyspepsia and other forms of intestinal disturbance.’
    • ‘They are almost without acid and therefore insipid in flavour.’
    • ‘Sadly, the larger volume of water dilutes the taste of the flavouring ingredients, thus rendering the flavour of the noodles rather watery and insipid.’
    • ‘It's weak, it's thin, it's insipid and it's desperately unsatisfying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even today, in this age of designer bars and huge superpubs, the pint of lager is generally an insipid, watery travesty.’
    • ‘Don't even think about cocoa powders or the thin, insipid apology for chocolate drinks you get from machines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So many South African wines, particularly the big brands, are insipid, bland offerings, despite this great diversity.’
    • ‘A similarly well-made Béarnaise was, however, required to give an insipid chunk of New York strip steak a bit of flavour.’
    • ‘Leaner and therefore less tasty than the proper stuff, this flaccid, pale and insipid bacon is unfortunately afflicted with a water-retention problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People no longer like plain insipid soups, preferring instead spicy offerings with an unusual combination of ingredients.’
    • ‘They had that one small window of opportunity to be blessed with my presence at their insipid little lunch, and cookie lady blew it.’
    • ‘And their only experience of strawberries is the chilled, wrapped and insipid kind from the supermarket shelf.’
    • ‘Say goodbye to eating dull, monotonous and insipid food day after day.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But most agreed that many of the items were neither insipid nor shallow.’
      • ‘Mind you it is doubtful we will see a shallower, more insipid attempt at shifting the blame from the attacker to a victim.’
      • ‘Lily is very shallow and insipid; William has to buy her all of her necessities.’
      • ‘Perhaps a bootlegger will make something interesting out of these insipid ditties.’
      • ‘Besides that, the dull weapons, graphics and truly uninspiring level design made this game one insipid boring waste of time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The magic of melody and voice can work wonders with a poem, which would otherwise have been insipid to the ordinary reader.’
      • ‘Henry's charm begins to work on Carol, who's bored by her dull life and insipid husband.’
      • ‘Hot colours tend to advance visually and dominate, making less strong colours appear dull and insipid.’
      • ‘Here's the gist: insipid music, a boring story and lots of people arriving in carriages.’
      • ‘The most boring, turgid, insipid or blatantly tragic films become a source of immense fun and wonder in his hands.’
      • ‘And the textbooks are often insipid and bland, presenting a world which has no realities that children experience.’
      • ‘More dull, bland, insipid and uninspiring commercial radio is on its way!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the insipid performances from the panel during the ‘great debate’ on Sunday, it is so obvious that we do.’
      • ‘The pictures are good but the text is mostly insipid.’
      • ‘As a vocalist, however, he only emphasises the insipid nature of his songs, most of which are reminiscent of mediocre 80s pop.’
      • ‘It represents nothing more than banality, platitudes, and outrageous nonsense clumsily conveyed by insipid prose.’
      uninteresting, boring, vapid, dull, spiritless, zestless, bloodless, lifeless, characterless, lacking personality, lacking charisma, anaemic, wishy-washy, pathetic
      unimaginative, uninspired, uninspiring, characterless, flat, bland, vapid, uninteresting, unexciting, lacklustre, lustreless, dull, prosaic, boring, monotonous, tedious, wearisome, dry, dry as dust, jejune, humdrum, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, pedestrian, trite, banal, tired, hackneyed, stale, lame, tame, poor, inadequate, half-hearted, bloodless, sterile, anaemic, barren
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/inˈsipid/ /ɪnˈsɪpɪd/


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