- The definition of trite is something that is stale or overused or cliché.
An example of trite is an expression that everyone uses that has lost all meaning because it is used so much.
trite definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin tritus, past participle of terere, to rub, wear out ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ter-, to rub, bore from source throw, Classical Greek tryein, to wear away
trite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective trit·er, trit·est
- Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed.
- Archaic Frayed or worn out by use.
Origin: Latin trītus, from past participle of terere, to wear out; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- triteˈly adverb
- triteˈness noun