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[vap-id] /ˈvæp ɪd/
lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat:
vapid tea.
without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious:
a vapid party; vapid conversation.
Origin of vapid
1650-60; < Latin vapidus; akin to vapor
Related forms
vapidity, vapidness, noun
vapidly, adverb
Can be confused
vacant, vacuous, vapid.
1. lifeless, flavorless. 2. spiritless, unanimated, tiresome, prosaic.
1. pungent. 2. stimulating. Unabridged
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  • And Selwyn found himself drifting, mildly interested in the vapid exchange of civilities which cost nobody a mental effort.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • Some vapid, frivolous, and would-be fashionable, but all full of kindly motive.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • Lavinia took it, thankful to escape from Mr. Holt's vapid conversation.

    The Black Moth Georgette Heyer
  • The fruit of her labor was in her hands, but it was vapid, tasteless, unsatisfying.

  • Gilderman listened to the silly, vapid words as though they were removed from him.

    Rejected of Men Howard Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for vapid


bereft of strength, sharpness, flavour, etc; flat
boring or dull; lifeless: vapid talk
Derived Forms
vapidity, noun
vapidly, adverb
vapidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vapidus; related to vappa tasteless or flat wine, and perhaps to vapor warmth
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Word Origin and History for vapid

1650s, "flat, insipid" (of drinks), from Latin vapidus "flat, insipid," literally "that has exhaled its vapor," related to vappa "stale wine," and probably to vapor "vapor." Applied from 1758 to talk and writing deemed dull and lifeless. Related: Vapidly.

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