INSIP'ID, a. [L. insipidus; in and sapidus, sapio, to taste.] 1. Tasteless; destitute of taste; wanting the qualities which affect the organs of taste; vapid; as insipid liquor. 2. Wanting spirit, life or animation; wanting pathos, or the power of exciting emotions; flat; dull; heavy; as an insipid address; an insipid composition. 3. Wanting power to gratify desire; as insipid pleasure.
adjectiveEtymology: French & Late Latin; French insipide, from Late Latin insipidus, from Latin in- + sapidus savory, from sapere to taste — more at sageDate: 1609 1. lacking taste or savor ;tasteless<insipid food> 2. lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge ;dull, flat<insipid prose> • insipiditynoun • insipidlyadverb Synonyms:insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, inane mean devoid of qualities that make for spirit and character. insipid implies a lack of sufficient taste or savor to please or interest <an insipid romance with platitudes on every page>. vapid suggests a lack of liveliness, force, or spirit <an exciting story given a vapid treatment>. flat applies to things that have lost their sparkle or zest <although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat>. jejune suggests a lack of rewarding or satisfying substance <a jejune and gassy speech>. banal stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy <a banal tale of unrequited love>. inane implies a lack of any significant or convincing quality <an inane interpretation of the play>.
Insipid In*sip"id, a. [L. insipidus; pref. in- not + sapidus savory, fr. sapere to taste: cf. F. insipide. See Savor.] 1. Wanting in the qualities which affect the organs of taste; without taste or savor; vapid; tasteless; as, insipid drink or food. --Boyle. 2. Wanting in spirit, life, or animation; uninteresting; weak; vapid; flat; dull; heavy; as, an insipid woman; an insipid composition. Flat, insipid, and ridiculous stuff to him. --South. But his wit is faint, and his salt, if I may dare to say so, almost insipid. --Dryden. Syn: Tasteless; vapid; dull; spiritless; unanimated; lifeless; flat; stale; pointless; uninteresting.
1. If you describe food or drink as insipid, you dislike it because it has very little taste. It tasted indescribably bland and insipid, like warmed cardboard.= bland, flavourless ADJ [disapproval] 2. If you describe someone or something as insipid, you mean they are dull and boring. On the surface she seemed meek, rather insipid...ADJ [disapproval]