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  1. a word, often of short-lived popularity, widely used as an almost meaningless, automatic response.
  2. a word that has come to be used with a meaning much less specific than that which it had originally, as swell, awful, or terrific.
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Origin of counterword

First recorded in 1670–80; counter1 + word
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Related Words for counter word

blend, compound, portmanteau, counterword, adage, banality, bromide, buzzword, commonplace, motto, platitude, proverb, saying, shibboleth, slogan, stereotype, truism, triviality, chestnut, corn

British Dictionary definitions for counter word


  1. a word widely used in a sense much looser than its original meaning, such as tremendous or awful
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