counterword

[ koun-ter-wurd ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌwɜrd /

noun

a word, often of short-lived popularity, widely used as an almost meaningless, automatic response.
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.

Nearby words

  1. countervailing,
  2. countervailing duty,
  3. counterview,
  4. counterweigh,
  5. counterweight,
  6. counterwork,
  7. countess,
  8. counting,
  9. counting chamber,
  10. counting house

Origin of counterword

First recorded in 1670–80; counter1 + word

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British Dictionary definitions for counterword

counterword

/ (ˈkaʊntəˌwɜːd) /

noun

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