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[bland] /blænd/
adjective, blander, blandest.
pleasantly gentle or agreeable:
a bland, affable manner.
soothing or balmy, as air:
a bland southern breeze.
nonirritating, as food or medicines:
a bland diet.
not highly flavored; mild; tasteless:
a bland sauce.
lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull:
a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
unemotional, indifferent, or casual:
his bland acknowledgment of guilt.
Origin of bland
1590-1600; < Latin blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing
Related forms
blandly, adverb
blandness, noun
1. affable, mild, amiable; suave, urbane. 2, 3. soft, mild.
1. cruel; boorish. 2. harsh. 3. irritating. Unabridged
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  • "Now, you know better than that, Harran," remonstrated S. Behrman blandly.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • "Suppose you mind your own business," suggested O'Sullivan, blandly.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Commonly, as a chief Hanway manager, he lay as blandly close and noncommittal as a clam.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • At any rate, he blandly ignored it, as he turned to address Carrington.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • He made no answer, and Roy continued, blandly confidential still.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • “I surely could not have said so, as I am not cognisant of the fact,” answered Munebrega blandly.

    The Last Look W.H.G. Kingston
  • Im sorry to see that poor Andover is dead, said the Canon, blandly.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • "I was just interviewing the Prince," explained Dan, blandly.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for blandly


devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dull: bland food
gentle and agreeable; suave
(of the weather) mild and soothing
unemotional or unmoved: a bland account of atrocities
See also bland out
Derived Forms
blandly, adverb
blandness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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Word Origin and History for blandly



1660s, from Italian blando "delicate," or Old French bland "flattering, complimentary," both from Latin blandus "smooth-talking, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of *meld-, extended form of root *mel- (see melt). Related: Blandly; blandness. Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English *blandiloquent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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