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[broh-mahyd or for 1, broh-mid] /ˈbroʊ maɪd or for 1, ˈbroʊ mɪd/
  1. a salt of hydrobromic acid consisting of two elements, one of which is bromine, as sodium bromide, NaBr.
  2. a compound containing bromine, as methyl bromide.
Pharmacology. potassium bromide, known to produce central nervous system depression, formerly used as a sedative.
a platitude or trite saying.
a person who is platitudinous and boring.
Origin of bromide
1830-40; brom- + -ide; in defs. 3, 4 from use of some bromides as sedatives
Related forms
subbromide, noun Unabridged
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  • In the end, I temporised with a moderate dose of bromide, deciding to call and see if more energetic measures were necessary.

    The Vanishing Man R. Austin Freeman
  • That first night we had to give her bromide, and she woke very miserable.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
  • The tincture of opium may be combined with aromatic spirit of ammonia, or with bromide of potassium, or with chloral hydrate.

  • He did so, and gave me daily a teaspoonful of bromide of potassium.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • It should not be thought, however, that every exposure on bromide paper must involve an arithmetical calculation.

  • How could you distinguish between a chloride, a bromide, and an iodide?

  • At the end he let Ancrum lead him up to bed and give him the bromide the Paris doctor had prescribed.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • A sulphide-toned print is at least as permanent as the bromide from which it is made.

  • And he took a dose of bromide and commended himself again to sleep, while the serpent withdrew in some confusion.

    Fables For The Times H. W. Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for bromide


any salt of hydrobromic acid, containing the monovalent ion Br (bromide ion)
any compound containing a bromine atom, such as methyl bromide
a dose of sodium or potassium bromide given as a sedative
  1. a trite saying; platitude
  2. a dull or boring person
Word Origin
C19, C20 (cliché): from brom(ine) + -ide
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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.

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bromide in Medicine

bromide bro·mide (brō'mīd')

  1. A binary compound of bromine with another element, especially a salt containing monovalent negatively charged bromine.

  2. Potassium bromide.

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bromide in Science
A compound, such as potassium bromide, containing bromine and another element or radical.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bromide



  1. An old, stale joke or scrap of wisdom: a rolling illustration of the bromide that beggars can't be choosers
  2. A boring, tedious person: Clutterbuck, with his wilted wit, was a total bromide

[1900s+; fr the use of bromide as a sedative]

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