flavorless

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flavor +‎ -less

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flavorless (comparative more flavorless, superlative most flavorless)

  1. Lacking taste or flavor; without seasoning, spice, or discernible qualities of taste.
    • 1876 September, Miscellany, in Popular Science Monthly, Volume 9,
      Salt oysters, on being transferred to fresh water, are "fattened" in the course of two or three days ; if allowed to remain longer they become lean again, and are flavorless.
    • 1882, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Doctor Grimshawe's Secret: A romance, Chapter XVIII,
      [] and as for fruit, the high garden wall was lined with pear trees, spread out flat against it, where they managed to produce a cold, flavorless fruit, a good deal akin to cucumbers.
  2. Flat; lacking character or definition.
    • 1902, Bret Harte, Openings in the Old Trail, IV: A Buckeye Hollow Inheritance,
      [] and the gravestone of its dead owner on the hill was no more flavorless of his personality than was this plain house in which he had lived and died.

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