- consumed; rendered unserviceable or ineffectual by maximum use: a burned-out tube.
- exhausted or made listless through overwork, stress, or intemperance.
- deprived of one's regular place to live, work, etc., by a destructive fire.
Origin of burned-out
First recorded in 1805–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for burned-out
In the last days of the Soviet Union, there was a going black market in burned-out light-bulbs.The Cult of Pappy van Winkle
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Two burned-out cars at the site were full of bullet holes fired from the side, not the front.Blood, Faith and Fatalism in Divided Ukraine
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And so after the book launched, a frustrated and burned-out Ratigan walked away, seeking meaning and purpose in his life.Dylan Ratigan Unplugged: Ex-MSNBC Host Turns Hydroponic Entrepreneur
March 22, 2013
When Gerald Ford picked Nelson Rockefeller as vice president from 1974 to 1977, it was a consolation prize to a burned-out boom.House Republicans Hold Their Noses About Mitt Romney
November 22, 2011
The burned-out carcasses of police vehicles and torched cars served as a reminder of the violent day.Anarchists Hijack Rome Protests
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2011
There was only one alternative to a dead, burned-out, empty planet.Join Our Gang?
Sterling E. Lanier
“For the reason that this bulb is a burned-out bulb,” said Mr. Gubb.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
Reconnect the screen: I've had the burned-out fuse replaced.The Affair of the Brains
Young life is sweet, and hope is not to be thrown away like a burned-out match.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
Will you be a soldier, a sailor, or a ruined, burned-out tradesman?