1. Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty: insipid soup.
2. Lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull.
[French insipide, from Late Latin īnsipidus : Latin in-, not; see IN-1 + Latin sapidus, savory (from sapere, to taste; see sep- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
in′si·pidi·ty (ĭn′sĭ-pĭdĭ-tē), in·sipid·ness n.
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