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

  • adj. Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed.
  • adj. Archaic Frayed or worn out by use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The 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.

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

  • adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse


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