adjective Date: 1591 1. a. having no taste ; insipid <
tasteless vegetables
b. arousing no interest ; dull <
the tale comes to a flat and tasteless end — R. C. Carpenter
2. not having or exhibiting good taste <
a tasteless joke
tastelessly adverbtastelessness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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