- The definition of bland is something that is lacking in flavor.
An oyster cracker is an example of bland.
Oyster crackers might be considered bland.
- pleasantly smooth in manner; suave
- mild and soothing; not sharp, harsh, etc.: bland medicine
- tasteless, insipid, dull, etc.
Origin of blandClassical Latin blandus, mild, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mḷdu-, soft, variant, variety of an unverified form mel-: see mill
- Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially:a. Pleasant in manner; smooth: a bland smile.b. Not irritating or stimulating; soothing: a bland diet.c. Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern: told a series of bland lies.
- a. Dull and insipid: a bland little drama.b. Having little or no distinctive flavor: bland cooking.
Origin of blandLatin blandus, caressing, flattering; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present blands, present participle blanding, simple past and past participle blanded)
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.
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)
Ultimately from Latin blandus (“pleasant, flattering”).