vapid (adj.) 1650s, "flat, insipid" (of drinks), from L. vapidus "flat, insipid," lit. "that has exhaled its vapor," related to vappa "stale wine," and probably to vapor "vapor." Applied from 1758 to talk and writing deemed dull and lifeless.

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  • Vapid — Vap id, a. [L. vapidus having lost its lire and spirit, vapid; akin to vappa vapid wine, vapor vapor. See {Vapor}.] Having lost its life and spirit; dead; spiritless; insipid; flat; dull; unanimated; as, vapid beer; a vapid speech; a vapid state… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vapid — [vap′id] adj. [L vapidus, stale, insipid, akin to vappa, stale wine: for IE base see VAPOR] 1. tasteless; flavorless; flat 2. uninteresting; lifeless; dull; boring [vapid talk] SYN. INSIPID vapidly adv. vapidness n …   English World dictionary

  • vapid — index insipid, jejune (dull), languid, lifeless (dull), prosaic, stale Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • vapid — *insipid, flat, jejune, banal, wishy washy, inane Analogous words: *soft, bland, gentle, mild: *tame, subdued, submissive: mawkish, maudlin, soppy, slushy, mushy, *sentimental Contrasted words: racy, spicy, *pungent, piquant: trenchant, crisp, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vapid — [adj] flat, dull bland, boring, colorless, dead*, driveling, flat tire*, flavorless, inane, innocuous, insipid, jejune, least, lifeless, limp, milk and water*, milquetoast*, nothing, nowhere, stale, tame, tasteless, tedious, tiresome,… …   New thesaurus

  • vapid — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging. DERIVATIVES vapidity noun vapidly adverb. ORIGIN Latin vapidus …   English terms dictionary

  • vapid — vapidity, vapidness, n. vapidly, adv. /vap id/, adj. 1. lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat: vapid tea. 2. without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious: a vapid party; vapid conversation. [1650 60; < L vapidus; akin… …   Universalium

  • vapid — [[t]væ̱pɪd[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone or something as vapid, you are critical of them because they are dull and uninteresting. ...the Minister s young and rather vapid wife... She made a vapid comment about the weather …   English dictionary

  • vapid — adjective Etymology: Latin vapidus flat tasting; akin to Latin vappa flat wine and perhaps to Latin vapor steam Date: circa 1656 lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force ; flat, dull < a gossipy, vapid woman, obsessed by her own elegance R.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vapid — See vapid, insipid …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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