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[tep-id] /ˈtɛp ɪd/
moderately warm; lukewarm:
tepid water.
characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm:
tepid prose; the critics' tepid reception for the new play.
Origin of tepid
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin tepidus lukewarm, equivalent to tep(ēre) to be lukewarm + -idus -id4
Related forms
tepidity, tepidness, noun
tepidly, adverb
subtepid, adjective
subtepidly, adverb
subtepidness, noun
subtepidity, noun
1. moderate, mild. 2. unemotional, halfhearted, apathetic. Unabridged
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  • A grey haze had blotted out the sun and the still air clung about him tepidly.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • It was obvious that he was tepidly in love with Maud, or rather that he was anxious she should be in love with him.

    The Romance of His Life Mary Cholmondeley
  • "I think Mrs. Varick is sorry to see that you have broken your promise," said Kindelon, shortly and tepidly.

  • Despite her affection for her son, Mrs. Kincaid was but tepidly interested in the career that engrossed him.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • “I hope you managed to get a little sleep, Mr. Melhuish,” Mrs. Jervaise said tepidly.

    The Jervaise Comedy J. D. Beresford
  • Lady Isabel, so easy-going and tepidly affectionate towards her children, was adamant where her social creed was concerned.

    Consequences E. M. Delafield
  • Bors reviewed his actions and could not but approve of them tepidly.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The peculiar moving hush and tepidly stagnant air of a sick-room penetrated even through the panels.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for tepidly


slightly warm; lukewarm
relatively unenthusiastic or apathetic: the play had a tepid reception
Derived Forms
tepidity, tepidness, noun
tepidly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm
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Word Origin and History for tepidly



c.1400, from Latin tepidus "lukewarm," from tepere "be warm," from PIE root *tep- "warm" (cf. Sanskrit tapati "makes warm, heats, burns," tapah "heat;" Avestan tafnush "fever;" Old Church Slavonic topiti "to warm," teplu "warm;" Old Irish tene "fire;" Welsh tes "heat").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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