from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially:
- adj. Pleasant in manner; smooth: a bland smile.
- adj. Not irritating or stimulating; soothing: a bland diet.
- adj. Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern: told a series of bland lies.
- adj. Dull and insipid: a bland little drama.
- adj. Having little or no distinctive flavor: bland cooking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To mix; blend; mingle.
- v. To connect; associate.
- n. Mixture; union.
- n. An agreeable summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.
- adj. Mild; soft, gentle, balmy; smooth in manner; suave.
- adj. Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.
- adj. Lacking in taste or vigor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Mild; soft; gentle; smooth and soothing in manner; suave.
- adj. Having soft and soothing qualities; not drastic or irritating; not stimulating.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mix; blend.
- n. Mixture; union.
- n. An agreeable summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland islands.
- Mild; soft; gentle; balmy.
- Affable; suave; soothing; kindly: as, “bland words,”
- Mild; free from irritating qualities: said of certain medicines: as, bland oils.
- Not stimulating: said of food.
- To flatter; blandish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking taste or flavor or tang
- adj. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
- adj. lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting
Latin blandus, caressing, flattering; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English blanden, blonden, from Old English blandan ("to blend, mix, mingle; trouble, disturb, corrupt"), from Proto-Germanic *blandanan (“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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English bland, from Old English bland, blond ("blending, mixture, confusion"), from Proto-Germanic *blandan (“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"). (Wiktionary)
Ultimately from Latin blandus ("pleasant, flattering"). (Wiktionary)