- a salt of hydrobromic acid consisting of two elements, one of which is bromine, as , NaBr.
- a compound containing bromine, as .
- Pharmacology. , known to produce central nervous system depression, formerly used as a sedative.
- a platitude or trite saying.
- a person who is platitudinous and boring.
- 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
- a trite saying; platitude
- a dull or boring person
compound of bromine and another metal or radical, 1836, from Bromidic., the pungent, poisonous element, + . 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:
- A binary compound of bromine with another element, especially a salt containing monovalent negatively charged bromine.
- Potassium bromide.
- A compound, such as potassium bromide, containing bromine and another element or radical.