Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty.
  • adj. Lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unappetizingly flavorless.
  • adj. Flat; lacking character or definition.
  • adj. Cloyingly sweet or sentimental.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting in the qualities which affect the organs of taste; without taste or savor; vapid; tasteless.
  • adj. Wanting in spirit, life, or animation; uninteresting; weak; vapid; flat; dull; heavy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without any taste; not exciting the sense of taste; without flavor or savor.
  • Without a definite taste; having a taste which from its faintness and undecided character appears negative, insufficient, or slightly disagreeable; flat in taste.
  • Hence Without power to excite interest or emotion; without attraction; uninteresting; dull; flat.
  • Synonyms Lifeless, stale, tame, prosaic, stupid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking taste or flavor or tang
  • adj. lacking interest or significance or impact

Etymologies

French insipide, from Late Latin īnsipidus : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin sapidus, savory (from sapere, to taste; see sep- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin īnsipidus ("tasteless"), from in- ("not") + sapidus ("savory"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    August 13, 2012

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    November 14, 2009

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    August 8, 2008

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    August 8, 2008

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    August 8, 2008