- 1A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought: the old cliché “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”More example sentences
- In the same way that an overused phrase inevitably becomes a cliche, a recurring joke sooner or later loses impact.
- You have written a cliche, a worn-out metaphor.
- And considering the lack of standard rap clichés on their demo and their seeming indifference to the mainstream, it may take awhile for the Blender to find their constituency.
- 1.1A very predictable or unoriginal thing or person: each building is a mishmash of tired clichésMore example sentences
- LXG does not rise above the mediocre, diving headfirst into tired clichés and boring stunt work, made more annoying by the brutal dialogue.
- But Bloodwork is all tired clichés and half-baked serial killers and generic shots of Clint standing in rooms or on his boat.
- Even now, when castaways and sunken ships are tired Hollywood clichés, the Life of Pi is refreshingly original.
- 2 Printing chiefly British A stereotype or electrotype.More example sentences
- Both genres, so formulaic, overdetermined by clichés and stereotypes, are eminently accessible for parody.
- I applaud the author for avoiding the first time novelist's trap of resorting to cliches and stereotyping.
- Yes, modern woman is here in all her many stereotypes, although who is to say that cliches may not sometimes be true.
mid 19th century: French, past participle (used as a noun) of clicher 'to stereotype'.