#define trite

November 27, 2007

Main Entry: trite

Pronunciation: trahyt

Function: adjective

Etymology: < L trītus worn, common, equiv. to trī- (var. s. of terere to rub, wear down) + -tus ptp. suffix

Date: 1540-50

1 : lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition; hackneyed; stale: the trite phrases in his letter.

2 : characterized by hackneyed expressions, ideas, etc.: The commencement address was trite and endlessly long.

3 : Archaic. rubbed or worn by use.