- out-of-date, outmoded, or obsolete: outworn ideas; outworn methods.
- worn-out, as clothes.
- exhausted in strength or endurance, as persons.
- past participle of outwear.
Origin of outworn
- to wear or last longer than; outlast: a well-made product that outwears its competition.
- to exhaust in strength or endurance: The daily toil had soon outworn him.
- to outlive or outgrow: Perhaps he will outwear those eccentricities.
- to wear out; destroy by wearing: A child outwears clothes quickly.
- to pass (time): trying to outwear the hours by reading.
Origin of outwear
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Examples from the Web for outworn
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.Full Text of President Obama's Inaugural Address
January 21, 2013
Say, friar; in my ear, now—Was that a hare you stewed, or an outworn sandal?Love-at-Arms
Merely a little change in that outworn document, the Constitution.
Strange how we use phrases which have outworn their meaning!
The sleeping Roger represented things intolerable and outworn.Marriage la mode
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The ladder is an old and outworn metaphor in this connexion.Progress and History
- no longer accepted, used, believed, etc; obsolete or outmoded
- to use up or destroy by wearing
- to last or wear longer than
- to outlive, outgrow, or develop beyond
- to deplete or exhaust in strength, determination, etc
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Word Origin and History for outworn
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