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moth-eaten

[mawth-eet-n, moth-]
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adjective
  1. eaten or damaged by or as if by the larvae of moths.
  2. decayed or worn out.
  3. out of fashion; antiquated.

Origin of moth-eaten

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Related formsun·moth-eat·en, adjective
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Examples from the Web for moth-eaten

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Historical Examples

  • It's all stuffy and moth-eaten, and the gold is nearly black.

    Terry

    Rosa Mulholland

  • That's the old, moth-eaten gag they're sure to try to pull on you.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

  • Come one, come all—all you moth-eaten, lousy stiffs from Stiffville.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • The furniture was dilapidated, and the coverings of it were worn and moth-eaten.

    Rollo in Scotland

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for moth-eaten

moth-eaten

adjective
  1. decayed, decrepit, or outdated
  2. eaten away by or as if by moths
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