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[oh-ver-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˌoʊ vərˈwɔrn, -ˈwoʊrn/
past participle of overwear.


[oh-ver-wair] /ˌoʊ vərˈwɛər/
verb (used with object), overwore, overworn, overwearing.
to use or wear excessively; wear out; exhaust; tax:
needlessly overwearing her best workers; phrases overworn by repetition.
Origin of overwear
First recorded in 1570-80; over- + wear Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had been so overworn and overwrought, that his mind took on feverish fancies.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • It was not easy for the overtasked and overworn powers of Beatrice to rally.

    Cord and Creese James de Mille
  • The white is my Soror Regin; the red must be the Austriaca; but the purple and overworn ones are perhaps now overworn indeed.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 John Ruskin
  • But the streams were cold, the forests dark; losing her way, overworn and weary, sank and died the mother of Andrew Jackson.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • His clothes, though neatly brushed, were too shabby and overworn for a person of his position.

    The Devil's Garden

    W. B. Maxwell
  • When she was at sea, Mrs. Ochterlony had a little leisure, and felt ill and weak and overworn, and was the better for it after.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • The frayed and overworn gut broke at a knot, and with a loose roll he dropped back towards the deep.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • On the evening previous, Ezra Bushnell, overworn by many attempts at navigating the machine, was taken seriously ill.

    The Only Woman in the Town Sarah J. Prichard

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