cli·​chéd klē-ˈshād How to pronounce clichéd (audio)
: marked by or abounding in clichés
: hackneyed
a clichéd phrase

Examples of clichéd in a Sentence

The comedian was booed offstage after telling another clichéd knock-knock joke.
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, characters in his books rail against the cliched depictions of Native Americans in vintage settings. Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Some might consider these characters as cliched, and possibly offensive, tropes from an outdated view of America. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 This was the first wave of social marketing, but it’s lost a lot of its magic; people have come to expect the same set of cliched content, and many creators get mocked for this kind of content. Cole Mason, Forbes, 8 June 2022 So many TikTokers are sending people to their Amazon Storefronts that the phrase has become an cliched punchline on social media. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2023 Crime inspired Tammy Leitner's book:Surviving trauma became its message Greta Lee gives one of the great performances of the year A couple of times Song employs what in theory sounds like a cliched technique. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2023 In a lesser actor’s hands, the movie’s flaws would have been overpowering, but with Berry and Atim playing off of each other with skill and subtlety, Bruised’s earnesty and oversentimentality hits you in the feels, and takes Bruised from another cliched sports movie to an actors’ showcase. Kathleen Newman-Bremang,, 25 Nov. 2021 There’s much to take issue with here, so take your pick: The script, written by Vanessa Taylor (Shape of Water) is full of cliched narration (much of it pulled from the book itself), the performances are somehow both soulless and overdone, the structure is confusing and clunky. Anne Cohen,, 25 Nov. 2020 But there’s a bit of a tonal disconnect here, largely due to the horror-movie-style score (courtesy of composer Owen Pallett), which keeps insinuating the presence of another kind of monster: one more literal and more cliched. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clichéd was in 1925

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“Clichéd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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