bland

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English blanden, blonden, from Old English blandan (to blend, mix, mingle; trouble, disturb, corrupt), from Proto-Germanic *blandaną (to mix, blend), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlendh- (to grow turbid, dim, see badly, be blind). Cognate with Danish and Norwegian blande, Swedish blanda (to mix, mingle, shuffle, blend), Icelandic blanda (to mix). See also blend.

Verb[edit]

bland (third-person singular simple present blands, present participle blanding, simple past and past participle blanded)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To mix; blend; mingle.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal) To connect; associate.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English bland, from Old English bland, blond (blending, mixture, confusion), from Proto-Germanic *blandą (a mixing, mixture), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlendh- (to grow turbid, dim, see badly, be blind). Cognate with Icelandic blanda (a mixture of liquids, especially of hot whey and water).

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Noun[edit]

bland (plural blands)

  1. (UK dialectal) Mixture; union.
  2. A summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Ultimately from Latin blandus (pleasant, flattering).

Adjective[edit]

bland (comparative blander, superlative blandest)

  1. (now rare) Mild; soft, gentle, balmy; smooth in manner; suave.
    • 1818, John Keats, Sonnet:
      Where didst thou find, young Bard, thy sounding lyre? / Where the bland accent, and the tender tone?
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter IX, The Younger Set:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; []. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  2. Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.
    a bland oil;  a bland diet
  3. Lacking in taste, flavor, or vigor.
    The coffee was bland.  The judge found the defense's case to be bland.
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Danish[edit]

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bland

  1. imperative of blande

Icelandic[edit]

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Noun[edit]

bland n

  1. mix

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Verb[edit]

bland

  1. imperative of blande

Swedish[edit]

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bland

  1. among