Share this entry

Share this page

bland

Synonyms of bland in English:

adjective

  • 1 bland food
    [Antonyms] tangy, tasty
  • 2 a bland film
    unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, uninspired, lackluster, uninvolving, vapid, flat, stale, trite
    informal blah, plain-vanilla, white-bread, banal, commonplace, humdrum, ho-hum, vacuous, wishy-washy
    [Antonyms] interesting, stimulating
  • 3 a bland expression
    expressionless, blank, wooden, stony, deadpan, hollow, undemonstrative, imperturbable
    [Antonyms] emotional, expressive
  • Reflections

    bland

    Bland was originally used of people to mean ‘suave, smooth, unperturbed, soothingly pleasing’ (which has survived in blandish and blandishments), and of things to mean ‘soft, mild, pleasantly soothing, etc.’ Only incidentally did it mean ‘dull, insipid, flavorless.’ Today, though, bland nearly always has a pejorative tinge. Outside of one semi-medical idiom ( the ulcerous CEO was placed on a bland diet), bland now tends to imply that whatever's described was trying to be more interesting, piquant, stirring, forceful, magnetic, or engaging than it actually ended up being.
    David Foster Wallace

    Definition of bland in:

    Share this entry

    Share this page

     

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

    Word of the day resilient
    Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
    adjective
    able to recoil or spring back into shape…