Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially.
  • adjective Pleasant in manner; smooth.
  • adjective Not irritating or stimulating; soothing.
  • adjective Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern.
  • adjective Dull and insipid.
  • adjective Having little or no distinctive flavor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To flatter; blandish.
  • noun Mixture; union.
  • noun 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 mix; blend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Mild; soft; gentle; smooth and soothing in manner; suave.
  • adjective Having soft and soothing qualities; not drastic or irritating; not stimulating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Mild; soft, gentle, balmy; smooth in manner; suave.
  • adjective Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.
  • adjective Lacking in taste or vigor.
  • verb transitive To mix; blend; mingle.
  • verb transitive To connect; associate.
  • noun Mixture; union.
  • noun An agreeable summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking taste or flavor or tang
  • adjective smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
  • adjective lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin blandus, caressing, flattering; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Ultimately from Latin blandus ("pleasant, flattering").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

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  • Ghost town in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. Also Bland Canyon that is somewhat grand.

    Blando &

    Bland Canyon

    February 20, 2011

  • JM reckons TV is the bland leading the bland

    August 26, 2011