tasteless

Something that's tasteless is either very bland, like a plain baked potato with no seasoning, or it's tacky and inappropriate, like the tasteless jokes your uncle likes to tell at Thanksgiving.

If your tuna casserole is tasteless, you should add some salt and pepper. If your relative is tasteless, that's a trickier problem to solve. In the latter case, tasteless means "lacking in judgment" or "offensive." So a joke that hurts someone's feelings is tasteless, and wearing a dress made out of rubbish you found in the recycling bin to your cousin's wedding would also be tasteless — unless the wedding's theme is "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

Definitions of tasteless
  1. adjective
    lacking flavor
    Synonyms:
    unappetising, unappetizing
    not appetizing in appearance, aroma, or taste
    unpalatable
    not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
    bland, flat, flavorless, flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapid
    lacking taste or flavor or tang
    nonflavored, nonflavoured, unflavored, unflavoured
    without flavoring added
    unsalted, unseasoned
    without salt or seasoning
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    Antonyms:
    tasty
    pleasing to the sense of taste
    appetising, appetizing
    appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma
    salty
    containing or filled with salt
    palatable, toothsome
    acceptable to the taste or mind
    sweet
    having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
    sour
    having a sharp biting taste
    acid-tasting, sour-tasting
    having a sour acidic taste
    ambrosial, ambrosian, nectarous
    extremely pleasing to the taste; sweet and fragrant
    bitter
    causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"
    bitterish, sharp-tasting
    somewhat bitter
    bittersweet, semisweet
    having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness
    choice
    appealing to refined taste
    dainty
    especially pleasing to the taste
    delectable, delicious, luscious, pleasant-tasting, scrumptious, toothsome, yummy
    extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
    flavorful, flavorous, flavorsome, flavourful, flavourous, flavoursome, sapid, saporous
    full of flavor
    fruity
    tasting or smelling richly of or as of fruit
    full-bodied, racy, rich, robust
    marked by richness and fullness of flavor
    peppery
    having the piquant burning taste of peppers
    gingery
    having a taste like that of ginger
    hot, spicy
    producing a burning sensation on the taste nerves
    grapey, grapy
    having a taste like that of grapes
    mild-tasting
    having a mild taste
    nippy
    a sharp biting taste
    nutlike, nutty
    having the flavor of nuts
    piquant, savory, savoury, spicy, zesty
    having an agreeably pungent taste
    acrid, pungent
    strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"
    salty
    one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water
    smoky
    tasting of smoke
    sour
    one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons
    strong-flavored
    having a strong taste
    winey, winy
    having the taste of wine
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  2. adjective
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
    Synonyms:
    inelegant
    lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
    pretentious
    making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
    barbaric
    unrestrained and crudely rich
    brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
    tastelessly showy
    Brummagem
    cheap and showy
    camp, campy
    providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities
    indelicate, off-color, off-colour
    in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent
    ostentatious, pretentious
    (of a display) tawdry or vulgar
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    Antonyms:
    tasteful
    having or showing or conforming to good taste
    elegant
    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
    unpretentious
    lacking pretension or affectation
    aesthetic, artistic, esthetic
    aesthetically pleasing
    understated, unostentatious, unpretentious
    exhibiting restrained good taste
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