Bland Definition

blănd
blandest, blander
adjective
blandest, blander
Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially:
American Heritage
Pleasantly smooth in manner; suave.
Webster's New World
Mild and soothing; not sharp, harsh, etc.
Bland medicine.
Webster's New World
Tasteless, insipid, dull, etc.
Webster's New World
Having little or no distinctive flavor.
Bland cooking.
American Heritage
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verb

(UK dialectal) To mix; blend; mingle.

Wiktionary

(UK dialectal) To connect; associate.

Wiktionary
noun

(UK dialectal) Mixture; union.

Wiktionary

An agreeable summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
oily-tonguedhoney-mouthed
idiom
bland out
  • to remove or omit distinctive characteristics; make or become vapid
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Bland

Adjective

Base Form:
bland
Comparative:
blander
Superlative:
blandest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Bland

  • bland out

Origin of Bland

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin blandus caressing, flattering mel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ultimately from Latin blandus (“pleasant, flattering”).

    From Wiktionary

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