Meaning and Origin
What does the name Bland mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
- Mild; soft; gentle; smooth and soothing in manner; suave; as, a bland temper; bland persuasion; a bland sycophant."Exhilarating vapor bland." [Milton.]
- Having soft and soothing qualities; not drastic or irritating; not stimulating; as, a bland oil; a bland diet.
Etymology: L. blandus, of unknown origin
- Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
- Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting ("a bland little drama")
- Lacking taste or flavor or tang ("a bland diet")
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.
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”).
- (Britain dialectal) Mixture; union.
- A summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.
Ultimately from Latin blandus (“pleasant, flattering”).
bland was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian BokmÃ¥l, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish