Word: vapid

Pronunciation: VA-pid

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging

Source: Oxford Dictionaries


Do you often find yourself searching for just the right word to describe an incredibly dull person or an uninspiring work of art? If so, then today’s Word of the Week may serve you well. Sometimes it’s handy to know a word that precisely defines something too bland for your taste. I know I’ve found myself searching for that right word many times before…

Something or someone regarded as “vapid” lacks anything stimulating or challenging. This adjective arose in the mid 17th century and was originally used in references to drinks that were lacking in flavor, such as wine. The word comes from the Latin adjective vapidus, which means “flat”.

Having not yet used it too often myself, there isn’t much else I can say about the word “vapid”. In fact, I’m sure the first time I read it, I assumed it had some connection to the word “vapor”. As artists – that is, people with acute senses to our crafts of choice – we are bound to encounter more than our fair share of unimaginative work and/or individuals. If you choose to write about boring characters or you just like to point out the trite in real life, this is a good adjective to keep on your list. What’s important is not to make your own writing “vapid”!

What are your thoughts on this word? Any suggestions for future “Word of the Week” featured words?

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