(third-person singular simple present blands, present participle blanding, simple past and past participle blanded)
- (UK dialectal) To mix; blend; mingle.
- (UK dialectal) To connect; associate.
From Middle English blanden, blonden, from Old English blandan (“to blend, mix, mingle; trouble, disturb, corrupt”), from Proto-Germanic *blandaną (“to mix, blend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlendh- (“to grow turbid, dim, see badly, be blind”). Cognate with Danish and Norwegian blande, Swedish blanda (“to mix, mingle, shuffle, blend”), Icelandic blanda (“to mix”). See also blend.
- (UK dialectal) Mixture; union.
- An agreeable summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.
From Middle English bland, from Old English bland, blond (“blending, mixture, confusion”), from Proto-Germanic *blandą (“a mixing, mixture”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlendh- (“to grow turbid, dim, see badly, be blind”). Cognate with Icelandic blanda (“a mixture of liquids, especially of hot whey and water”).
(comparative blander, superlative blandest)
- (now rare) Mild; soft, gentle, balmy; smooth in manner; suave.
- Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.
- a bland oil
- a bland diet
- Lacking in taste, flavor, or vigor.
- the coffee was bland
- the judge found the defense's case to be bland
Origin See also: blând
Ultimately from Latin blandus (“pleasant, flattering”).