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Syllabification: bland
Pronunciation: /bland

Definition of bland in English:


1Lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting: rebelling against the bland uniformity
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  • The current station is far from perfect, but at least it has character, which this bland, uninspired new design fails to achieve.
  • Its visuals are disappointingly mediocre, featuring bland and utterly uninspired track designs.
  • The peripheral characters are given similarly bland treatment.
unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, uninspired, lackluster, uninvolving, vapid, flat, stale, trite
informal blah, plain-vanilla, white-bread, banal, commonplace, humdrum, ho-hum, vacuous, wishy-washy
1.1(Of food or drink) mild or insipid: bland and unadventurous vegetarian dish bland beers of mediocre quality
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  • These companies seemed to believe that what drinkers wanted to drink was bland beer that was fizzy and tasteless.
  • Favor simple, bland foods and cool drinks, and avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine.
  • The food was bland and unappealing, with no flavour she could tolerate.
1.2(Of a person or behavior) showing no strong emotion; dull and unremarkable: offering bland reassurance his expression was bland and unreadable
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  • It is easiest to define first what its role should not be - bland reassurance.
  • The simple repetition of bland reassurance that fails to address patients' fears is ineffective.
  • He spoke in a voice so calm and bland, it stuck in the air like an emotionless reverberation.


late Middle English (in the sense 'gentle in manner'): from Latin blandus 'soft, smooth'.

  • In early use bland was ‘gentle in manner’, from Latin blandus ‘soft, smooth’. This Latin adjective also forms the base of the Middle English noun blandishment.



Example sentences
  • His office is a windowless box inside a dreary space, decorated blandly with laminated advertisements for his company.
  • He almost seemed a corporate entity, blandly efficient, compared to the rascals and characters who preceded him.
  • Unfortunately, both these guys are in a movie that's blandly superficial and notably lacking in dramatic tension.


Example sentences
  • There is none of the monotony or blandness that might normally be associated with a cold minimalist concept.
  • The film came out of a conversation with Nicole, who was looking for something edgy to work on and was complaining about the blandness of world cinema.
  • You really cannot appreciate the boring blandness of feeling well until you have it taken away from you for the better part of a month.

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