- 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.
Origin of triteClassical 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
Origin of triteLatin trītus, from past participle of terere, to wear out; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative triter, superlative tritest)
From Latin tritus, a form of the verb terere (“to rub or wear").