- 1(Especially of a liquid) only slightly warm; lukewarm.More 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.
- 2Showing little enthusiasm: the applause was tepidMore 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.
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- 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.
late Middle English: from Latin tepidus, from tepere 'be warm'.