Definition of tepid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtepɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtepɪd//
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  1. 1slightly warm, sometimes in a way that is not pleasant synonym lukewarm tepid tea a tepid bath Synonymscoldcool freezing chilly lukewarm tepidThese words all describe somebody/​something that has a low temperature.cold having a temperature that is lower than usual or lower than the human body; (of food or drink) not heated; cooled after being cooked:I’m cold. Turn the heating up. Outside it was bitterly cold. a cold wind hot and cold water It’s cold chicken for lunch.cool (often approving) fairly cold, especially in a pleasant way:a long cool drink We found a cool place to sit.freezing extremely cold; having a temperature below 0° Celsius:It’s absolutely freezing outside. I’m freezing!chilly (rather informal) too cold to be comfortable:Bring a coat. It might turn chilly later.lukewarm (often disapproving) slightly warm, sometimes in an unpleasant way:Her coffee was now lukewarm.tepid (often disapproving) slightly warm, sometimes in an unpleasant way:a jug of tepid waterlukewarm or tepid? There is really no difference in meaning or use between these words.Patterns to feel/​get cold/​cool/​chilly cold/​cool/​freezing/​chilly air/​weather a cold/​cool/​freezing/​chilly wind cold/​cool/​freezing/​lukewarm/​tepid water a cold/​cool/​lukewarm/​tepid shower/​bath cold/​lukewarm/​tepid tea/​coffee/​food a cold/​cool drink It’s cold/​chilly/​freezing outside.
  2. 2not enthusiastic synonym lukewarm The play was greeted with tepid applause.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin tepidus, from tepere ‘be warm’.Extra examples She stood under the tepid shower. The deal drew a tepid response from shareholders. The tea was weak and tepid.
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