- An example of tepid is a description for bathwater that has been sitting for a while and begun to cool.
- An example of tepid is a description for the applause an audience gives for a bad performance when they are clapping only to be polite.
The definition of tepid is something that is lukewarm, not hot. It also is someone or something that indicates very little warmth or enthusiasm.
- barely or moderately warm; lukewarm: said of liquids
- lacking warmth of feeling or enthusiasm
Origin of tepidMiddle English teped from Classical Latin tepidus from tepere, to be slightly warm from Indo-European base an unverified form tep-, to be warm from source Sanskrit tapati, (it) burns
- Moderately warm; lukewarm.
- Lacking in emotional warmth or enthusiasm; halfhearted: “the tepid conservatism of the fifties” ( Irving Howe )
Origin of tepidMiddle English from Latin tepidus from tepēre to be lukewarm
- te·pid′i·ty tep′id·ness
From Latin tepidus.