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Definitions of commonplace

  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; " bromidic sermons"; " his remarks were trite and commonplace"; " hackneyed phrases"; " a stock answer"; " repeating threadbare jokes"; " parroting some timeworn axiom"; " the trite metaphor ` hard as nails'"
  2. obvious and dull; " trivial conversation"; " commonplace prose"
  3. a trite or obvious remark
  4. not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; " an unglamorous job greasing engines"
  5. completely ordinary and unremarkable; " air travel has now become commonplace"; " commonplace everyday activities"
  6. Common; ordinary; trite; as, a commonplace person, or observation.
  7. An idea or expression wanting originality or interest; a trite or customary remark; a platitude.
  8. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to.
  9. To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads.
  10. To utter commonplaces; to indulge in platitudes.
  11. An ordinary topic or remark; anything ordinary.
  12. Uninteresting; common; neither new nor striking; dull.
  13. A common topic or subject: a memorandum: a note.
  14. Common: hackneyed.
  15. COMMONPLACE- BOOK, a note or memorandum book.
  16. A memorandum.
  17. An ordinary topic; trite remark; note.
  18. Trite; hackneyed; ordinary.
  19. Not remarkable or interesting; ordinary; trite.
  20. A trite remark; familliar truth.
  21. Common; ordinary; trite; not new or striking.
  22. An ordinary or common topic; a trite remark; a memorandum; anything ordinary.
  23. To enter in a commonplace- book.
  24. Ordinary; neither new nor striking; common place- book, a book in which things wished to be remembered are recorded and arranged under general heads for ready reference.
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Usage examples for commonplace

  1. I should have imagined that the sea would become very commonplace to men whose business was carried on in boats, and who had spent night after night and day after day from their boyhood on the water; but that is a mistake. – Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  2. But can't you try and write something a little more commonplace or hit upon something that people understand better?" – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  3. She was not at all proper, Betty was glad to see, but as full of fun as an ordinary commonplace girl. – Betty Trevor by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  4. This sort of interview, which had become a commonplace with his cousin Ginger, was new to him. – The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse
  5. The words were commonplace enough. – The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
  6. It was the most commonplace event to him. – The Best Psychic Stories by Various
  7. Your playing golf with Lord Wolfenden afterwards was commonplace enough!" – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. All that was strange to the Heaths was commonplace to him. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  9. It seemed natural that he and Glory should be going hand in hand into that place of dreams like children at play and hearing joyous voices that were mute and nonexistent in the world of commonplace and fact. – The Law of Hemlock Mountain by Hugh Lundsford
  10. He broke it by making a commonplace inquiry after her health. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  11. Yet the best part of Chaucer's nature, it is hardly necessary to say, was neither conventional nor commonplace – Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward
  12. It was absolutely not commonplace – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  13. Modern affairs seem a bit commonplace to some of us. – The River and I by John G. Neihardt
  14. But do you care for him sufficiently to pass a lifetime with him- after the war- an ordinary, commonplace lifetime?" – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  15. It was sufficiently commonplace – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  16. Tragedies became commonplace in those cabins. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  17. Supreme Occasions Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions. – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  18. " He made a commonplace excuse," I answered. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  19. He woke the Duchess up, and made a few commonplace remarks about the weather. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  20. All this, to you, Luscombe, is commonplace – "The Pomp of Yesterday" by Joseph Hocking
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