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[in-sip-id] /ɪnˈsɪp ɪd/
without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid:
an insipid personality.
without sufficient taste to be pleasing, as food or drink; bland:
a rather insipid soup.
Origin of insipid
1610-20; < Latin insipidus, equivalent to in- in-3 + -sipidus, combining form of sapidus sapid
Related forms
insipidity, insipidness, noun
insipidly, adverb
Can be confused
incipient, insipid, insipient.
1, 2. flat, dull, uninteresting. 2. tasteless, bland. Unabridged
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  • Unless of course you're playing a game, or watching an insipid comedy or goofing with your smart phone.
  • Artificial and insipid as the play now seems, its combination of emotion, action and theory was considered a revelation.
  • Everyone knows how delightful the dreams are that one dreams one's self, and how insipid the dreams of others are.
  • Freshly boiled, because long cooking renders it flat and insipid to taste on account of escape of its atmospheric gases.
  • Apart from the insipid brew, there's another good reason for the non-proliferation of this drink.
  • The insipid fruit is sometimes eaten, and the leaves are said to alleviate acute stomachache.
  • There the federal troopers spent a miserable winter, complaining about the insipid food.
  • How insipid, miserable and degrading an idle life is without any definite object in view.
British Dictionary definitions for insipid


lacking spirit; boring
lacking taste; unpalatable
Derived Forms
insipidity, insipidness, noun
insipidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin insipidus, from in-1 + sapidus full of flavour, sapid
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Word Origin and History for insipid

1610s, "without taste or perceptible flavor," from French insipide (16c.), from Late Latin inspidus "tasteless," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sapidus "tasty," from sapere "have a taste" (also "be wise;" see sapient). Figurative meaning "uninteresting, dull" first recorded 1640s, but it was also a secondary sense in Medieval Latin.

In ye coach ... went Mrs. Barlow, the King's mistress and mother to ye Duke of Monmouth, a browne, beautifull, bold, but insipid creature. [John Evelyn, diary, Aug. 18, 1649]
Related: Insipidly.

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