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[broh-mahyd or for 1, broh-mid] /ˈbroʊ maɪd or for 1, ˈbroʊ mɪd/
  1. a salt of hydrobromic acid consisting of two elements, one of which is bromine, as sodium bromide, NaBr.
  2. a compound containing bromine, as methyl bromide.
Pharmacology. potassium bromide, known to produce central nervous system depression, formerly used as a sedative.
a platitude or trite saying.
a person who is platitudinous and boring.
Origin of bromide
1830-40; brom- + -ide; in defs 3, 4 from use of some bromides as sedatives
Related forms
subbromide, noun Unabridged
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any salt of hydrobromic acid, containing the monovalent ion Br (bromide ion)
any compound containing a bromine atom, such as methyl bromide
a dose of sodium or potassium bromide given as a sedative
  1. a trite saying; platitude
  2. a dull or boring person
Word Origin
C19, C20 (cliché): from brom(ine) + -ide
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Word Origin and History for bromide

compound of bromine and another metal or radical, 1836, from bromine, the pungent, poisonous element, + -ide. Used as a sedative; figurative sense of "dull, conventional person or trite saying" popularized by U.S. humorist Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) in his book "Are You a Bromide?" (1906). Related: Bromidic.

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bromide in Medicine

bromide bro·mide (brō'mīd')

  1. A binary compound of bromine with another element, especially a salt containing monovalent negatively charged bromine.

  2. Potassium bromide.

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bromide in Science
A compound, such as potassium bromide, containing bromine and another element or radical.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bromide



  1. An old, stale joke or scrap of wisdom: a rolling illustration of the bromide that beggars can't be choosers
  2. A boring, tedious person: Clutterbuck, with his wilted wit, was a total bromide

[1900s+; fr the use of bromide as a sedative]

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