vapid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vapid lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest "a vapid conversation","a vapid smile","a bunch of vapid schoolgirls"
    • adj vapid lacking taste or flavor or tang "a bland diet","insipid hospital food","flavorless supermarket tomatoes","vapid beer","vapid tea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vapid văp"ĭd Having lost its life and spirit; dead; spiritless; insipid; flat; dull; unanimated; as, vapid beer; a vapid speech; a vapid state of the blood. "A cheap, bloodless reformation, a guiltless liberty, appear flat and vapid to their taste."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vapid That has lost its life and spirit; insipid; dead; flat.
    • vapid Dull; spiritless; destitute of animation; insipid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vapid vap′id having the spirit evaporated: spiritless: insipid
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vapidus, having lost its life and spirit, vapid; akin to vappa, vapid wine, vapor, vapor. See Vapor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vapidus.

Usage

In literature:

The grapes never filled to their natural perfection, but turned watery and vapid.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2" by Gilbert White
Yet their lives were vapid monotonies, only long in months and years.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
The beer will not then become vapid, but rather improve the whole time it is in use.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
No; the tame and vapid acquiescents are not to be found in literature.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Vapidly pretty Italian operas were in fashion, and Piccinni was the favorite composer.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
Vapid and flabby she certainly is not.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Did the vapid little guest and the Freshman Vamp have anything to do with it?
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
She marked his altered looks and stifled sighs, and was not to be deceived by his sickly and vapid attempts at cheerfulness.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
The loss and suffering had not taken her out of herself, or raised her narrow, vapid nature.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Scarcely more did they interest her than her vapid adventure with Ahab Wright.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
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In poetry:

Let vapid idlers loll in silk
Around their costly board;
Give us the bowl of samp and milk,
By homespun beauty poured!
"The Corn Song" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Decline to let those mar thy joy,
Whose manners wound, and words annoy;
The vapid, heartless throng eschew;
Admit alone,--alas, how few!--
The really kind, the really true.
"Seclusion" by John Lawson Stoddard
A word out of season
Of vapid unreason
May seem mere political twaddle at best;
But this thing needs abatement
If, with each wild statement
It mean's that a cool quarter million's gone West.
"Golden Silence" by C J Dennis
Is it then so? And must the soul,
That unseen wing towards unseen goal,
Disdain the crowded vale's delights,
Its heat unfruitful, vapid noise,
And soaring, solitary, poise
Among celestial heights?
"Celestial Heights" by Alfred Austin
The emptiness of rooms that once we shared
Mocks me with silent echoes of the past.
How vapid now the vicious words we said.
Only this aftermath, this growing shock:
To quiver at the pounding of a clock!
"The Heavy Pendulum" by Isobel Stone
Their vapid visits I refuse;
Their forced attachment I decline;
I surely have the right to choose
The friends, whose lives shall blend with mine;
My bark shall gain the open sea
With but the few I love and me.
"My Bores" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Rep Vicky Hartzler didn't wait long to establish herself as one of the more vapid members of the new Congress.
Vapid Recovery 2 days 12 hrs ago.
Joe Mande is one of the most prolific comedians on Twitter, most often using the social media site to retweet or comment on the most vapid, hypocritical, or simply ridiculous tweets from various celebrities and politicians.
Instead, she's been bashed for what some see as her vapid lyrical content and party-girl vibe.
Let me count the whys we should send this smug, vapid, preppie packing: power, sex, and religion.
So when he characterizes the Metropolitan Opera's just completed new production of Wagner's Ring Cycle as "catastrophically vapid " you somehow sense he's not happy.
Elena Kagan and the ' Vapid and Hollow Charade'.
Debate exposes Perry's vapidness .
Revival of hit prime-time soap is vapid, unimaginative.
Last week, in front of a national television audience on ABC, Jesse Kovacs rolled around on a yellow Lamborghini, tongue wrestling a vapid co-star.
I find it ironic that when I ask leaders—even good ones—what constitutes leadership, I often get vague, disparate, and vapid responses.
Despite vapid lyrics, Ke$ha songs pure fun.
) I find it vapid and uninterested in the truth, more often than not.
The sloth 's vapid smile and vacant black eyes, windows apparently looking into nothingness, didn't do much to change my opinion.
A vague, vapid mystery for the Supreme Court.
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