bland Definition

  • 1lacking strong flavor
  • 2not interesting or exciting
  • 3showing no strong emotions; calm and steady

Using bland: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bland" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The soup was bland and tasteless.

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    The movie was criticized for its bland plot and characters.

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    He gave a bland smile and continued with his work.

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    The politician's speech was bland and unconvincing.

bland Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with bland

  • a diet consisting of foods that are mild and gentle on the digestive system, often prescribed for people with stomach problems


    After her surgery, she was put on a bland diet to aid in her recovery.

  • flattery intended to persuade someone to do something


    She used blandishments to convince him to lend her money.

  • a situation where a person or group with no originality or creativity is leading others who are similarly lacking in those qualities


    The company's management was accused of being the bland leading the bland, with no new ideas or initiatives.

Origins of bland

from Old English 'blendan', meaning 'to mix'


Summary: bland in Brief

The term 'bland' [blænd] refers to something that lacks strong flavor or interest, such as 'The soup was bland and tasteless.' It can also describe a person who shows no strong emotions, like 'He gave a bland smile and continued with his work.' 'Bland' extends into phrases like 'bland diet,' referring to a gentle diet for stomach problems, and 'blandishment,' meaning flattery to persuade someone. Synonyms include 'insipid' and 'tedious,' while antonyms include 'flavorful' and 'exciting.'