- The definition of tepid is something that is lukewarm, not hot. It also is someone or something that indicates very little warmth or enthusiasm.
- 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.
tepid definition by Webster's New World
- barely or moderately warm; lukewarm: said of liquids
- lacking warmth of feeling or enthusiasm
Origin: Middle 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
tepid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Moderately warm; lukewarm.
- Lacking in emotional warmth or enthusiasm; halfhearted: “the tepid conservatism of the fifties” (Irving Howe).
Origin: Middle English, from Latin tepidus, from tepēre, to be lukewarm.
- te·pidˈi·ty, tepˈid·ness noun
- tepˈid·ly adverb