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bland

bland

 
pronunciation:
blaend
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: without interest, spirit, or excitement; dull; indifferent.
I found her first novel somewhat bland, but her second is quite fascinating.His sister gave him only a bland greeting as he walked in the door.
synonyms:
boring, dull, indifferent, insipid, unexciting, uninspiring, uninteresting, vapid
antonyms:
interesting, tasty
similar words:
arid, blank, dry, flat, humdrum, innocuous, lackluster, mediocre, monotonous, neutral, nondescript, so-so, tame, tasteless, tedious, unemotional
definition 2: gentle in effect, as nonirritating foods or nonstimulating medicines.
The doctor advised that she eat only bland foods.
synonyms:
calming, mild, nonirritating, nonstimulating, soothing
antonyms:
piquant, pungent, spicy, tangy
similar words:
benign, demulcent, lenitive
definition 3: pleasant or gentle in manner.
The professor was a bland gentleman who never raised his voice.
synonyms:
gentle, mild, moderate, pleasant, smooth, soothing, tranquil, unruffled
similar words:
agreeable, balmy, unperturbed
derivations: blandly (adv.), blandness (n.)