counter word


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.

1670–80; counter1 + word Unabridged
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counterword (ˈkaʊntəˌwɜːd)
a word widely used in a sense much looser than its original meaning, such as tremendous or awful

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