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[shop-wawrn, ‐wohrn] /ˈʃɒpˌwɔrn, ‐ˌwoʊrn/
worn or marred, as goods exposed and handled in a store.
trite; hackneyed.
Origin of shopworn
First recorded in 1870-75; shop + worn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Even now, shopworn as she was, Gloria could have a fairly wide range of suitors should something happen to him.

    The Doorway Evelyn E. Smith
  • Amid a mob of shopworn public men, here was one who had at least the charm of novelty.

  • I had a feeling that the end and slice would lie around and get shopworn if I did not take them.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • He was long limbed and awkward and useless, and homely as a shopworn fifty-cent yellow plush manicure set.

    That Pup Ellis Parker Butler
  • He looks around helplessly as if searching for new words to clothe an old, shopworn phrase.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
British Dictionary definitions for shopworn


the US word for shopsoiled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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