Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not evoking interest because of overuse or repetition; hackneyed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rubbed; frayed; worn.
  • Hence Used till so common as to have lost its novelty and interest; commonplace; worn out; hackneyed; stale.
  • noun In ancient Greek music, the third tone (from the top) of the conjunct, disjunct, and extreme tetrachords. See tetrachord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece equivalent to one third of a stater.
  • noun Trite, a genus of spiders, found in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, of the family Salticidae.
  • adjective Worn out; hackneyed; used so many times that it is no longer interesting or effective (often in reference to a word or phrase).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin trītus, from past participle of terere, to wear out; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin tritus, a form of the verb terere ("to rub or wear").

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