- Pleasant in manner; smooth.A bland smile.
- Not irritating or stimulating; soothing.A bland diet.
- Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern.Told a series of bland lies.
An oyster cracker is an example of bland.
A bland oil.
A bland diet.
The coffee was bland.
The judge found the defense's case to be bland.
- To remove or omit distinctive characteristics; make or become vapid.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of bland
- Latin blandus caressing, flattering mel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).
- Ultimately from Latin blandus (“pleasant, flattering”).