1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;
- Example: "bromidic sermons"
- Example: "his remarks were trite and commonplace"
- Example: "hackneyed phrases"
- Example: "a stock answer"
- Example: "repeating threadbare jokes"
- Example: "parroting some timeworn axiom"
- Example: "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
[syn: banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trite \Trite\ (tr[imac]t), a. [L. tritus, p. p. of terere to rub, to wear out; probably akin to E. throw. See Throw, and cf. Contrite, Detriment, Tribulation, Try.] Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject. -- Trite"ly, adv. -- Trite"ness, n. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
trite adj 1: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn: banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
107 Moby Thesaurus words for "trite": airy, asinine, automatic, back-number, banal, bathetic, beaten, bedridden, bewhiskered, bromidic, catchpenny, chain, cliche, cliched, common, commonly known, commonplace, constant, corny, current, cut-and-dried, drained, dull, empty, exhausted, fade, familiar, fatuous, flat, flimsy, foolish, frequent, fribble, fribbling, frivolous, frothy, fusty, futile, habitual, hack, hackney, hackneyed, household, idle, inane, jejune, light, mildewed, moth-eaten, musty, notorious, nugacious, nugatory, old hat, ordinary, otiose, overworked, persistent, platitudinous, prosaic, proverbial, public, ready-made, recurrent, recurring, regular, repetitive, routine, set, shallow, shopworn, silly, slender, slight, square, stale, stereotyped, stock, superficial, talked-about, talked-of, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trifling, trivial, truistic, twice-told, universally admitted, universally recognized, unoriginal, used up, vacuous, vain, vapid, warmed-over, well-kenned, well-known, well-recognized, well-trodden, well-understood, well-worn, widely known, windy, worn, worn thin, worn-out