Definition of tepid in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈtepəd/


1(Especially of a liquid) only slightly warm; lukewarm.
Example sentences
  • She managed to reach the shower unmolested, and was soon standing under the tepid spray of water.
  • He finished the tepid liquid in one swallow, then motioned with his head.
  • Make a well in the flour and add the tepid water and olive oil to the centre.
lukewarm, warmish, slightly warm;
at room temperature
2Showing little enthusiasm: the applause was tepid
More example sentences
  • He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match.
  • Though public response has been tepid, advocates of civil rights are enthusiastic.
  • Yet the United Nations, the great world body created to bring peace and to disseminate aid to suffering people showed only tepid response.
unenthusiastic, apathetic, muted, halfhearted, so-so, 'comme ci, comme ça', indifferent, subdued, cool, lukewarm, uninterested, unenthused



Pronunciation: /təˈpidədē/
Example sentences
  • Floating on languid, perhaps to the point of tepidity, surfaces.
  • The tepidity of the applause showed that many had tired of it before the end of this first showing.


Pronunciation: /ˈtepədlē/
Example sentences
  • Until now, leisure traffic had been tepidly coming back since September 11, but only with deeply discounted fares.
  • Some cheered at the end, but many more applauded tepidly.
  • The eventual work, while not a disaster, was tepidly received by critics and audiences.


Example sentences
  • A long story of emotional reconciliation, it flows and lilts through infatuation, ending in tepidness.
  • Actually, for its seeming tepidness, it's somehow addictive.


Late Middle English: from Latin tepidus, from tepere 'be warm'.

Words that rhyme with tepid


For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tep·id

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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