Examples from the Web for bromide
He was adept at deflecting a direct question with an anecdote or a bromide presented as a confidence.
He went into the chemist's for a bromide; and, while the man was mixing it, stood resting one foot like a tired horse.Five Tales|John Galsworthy
I'll send you some bromide, and I shall talk to Prosper Profond.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.|John Galsworthy
Bromide of potassium and hydrate of chloral in drachm doses should be given in connection with conium.Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep|Henry M. Lyman
Mrs. Inglethorp had a box of bromide powders, which she occasionally took at night.The Mysterious Affair at Styles|Agatha Christie
I must have a course of shower-baths and of bromide of potassium.
British Dictionary definitions for bromide
- a trite saying; platitude
- a dull or boring person
Word Origin for bromide
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.