- fatigued; weary; exhausted.
- in a state of poor health: He was in a run-down condition from months of overwork.
- in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run-down house.
- (of a spring-operated device) not running because it is unwound.
Origin of run-down
First recorded in 1675–85; adj. use of verb phrase run down
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3. seedy, tacky, shabby, deteriorated.
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Examples from the Web for run-down
Let's put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods.Full Text and Video of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address
February 13, 2013
Washed out campaign posters of President Mohammed Morsi still hang on run-down buildings around the Sharqeyya governorate.Egypt, As Protests Rage, School Begins
September 15, 2012
In 1970, the Green Lantern and Green Arrow put their powers aside and loaded themselves into a run-down pickup truck.Green Lantern Going Gay to Help Boost Stagnant Comic Book Business
June 5, 2012
You enter the building and are walked up to what looks like a run-down orphanage.The Breathtaking Mosques of Istanbul
January 9, 2010
You've got no business in a run-down place like this— you with your fine clothes and your fine airs.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It's the sleaziest, cheapest, most run-down tenement in one hemisphere, but I love it.Starman's Quest
We are compelled to make our living and hers out of this run-down farm.Dorothy at Skyrie
The run-down farm was a hopeless sideline that supported the family.God's Green Country
Ethel M. Chapman
Her trouble is a run-down, but the serious complication is her lungs.James Gilmour of Mongolia
Word Origin and History for run-down
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper