American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed.
- adj. Archaic Frayed or worn out by use.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rubbed; frayed; worn.
- Hence Used till so common as to have lost its novelty and interest; commonplace; worn out; hackneyed; stale.
- n. In ancient Greek music, the third tone (from the top) of the conjunct, disjunct, and extreme tetrachords. See tetrachord.
- adj. Worn out; hackneyed; used so many times that it is no longer interesting or effective (often in reference to a word or phrase).
- n. A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece equivalent to one third of a stater.
- n. Trite, a genus of spiders, found in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, of the family Salticidae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale.
- adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
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- Latin trītus, from past participle of terere, to wear out; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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