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bland (adj) of little taste (of food); mild and soothing(of creams, lotions, or ointment); unexciting or uninteresting (of comments, music, smile, etc.).

'Bland' when applied to food means food with little taste, food which is plain and simple and having nothing to attract in it. Patients, for example, are advised a bland diet, which is not spicy and is free from condiments. In this sense it means insipid, that is having no distinctive taste of its own. A mild and soothing cream or ointment is bland. A bland cream is very comforting to the skin and saves it from the irritation caused by sunburn, or rashes. A bland comment has nothing in it of interest to the listeners. It says very little and does not cause any interest. A bland smile is a smile which does not reveal any feeling - neither joy nor excitement. Bland music doesn't rouse our passions.

  • Down with jaundice, Robin was advised by the doctor to be on a bland diet for another week. Used to good and spicy food Robin felt very disappointed.
  • Jenson's speech was the usual stuff, which none found interesting, as it was full of bland comments about falling standards of education and discipline.
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