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[tahym-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˈtaɪmˌwɔrn, -ˌwoʊrn/
worn or impaired by time.
showing the effects of age or antiquity; antiquated:
timeworn farming methods.
commonplace; trite; hackneyed:
a timeworn excuse.
Origin of timeworn
First recorded in 1720-30; time + worn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for timeworn
Historical Examples
  • Judging from what little I have seen, it appears to be ancient and timeworn.

  • Branch after branch is dropping from the timeworn, weatherbeaten trunk.

  • The birth of Lafayette is recorded in the yellow and timeworn parish register of Chaviniac.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • Besides the earnest agony of its words, there was a mute eloquence about that yellow, timeworn paper.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Feeling certain of defeat at the polls, the partisans of the latter candidate resorted to the timeworn expedient of a revolt.

  • Feverishly they passed the timeworn phrase back and forth; it would have been ludicrous if it hadn't been so deadly serious.

  • Near the park entrance is the almshouse, with its timeworn gables of yellow stone against the dull red of the tile roofing.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • Mark dropped into the cool, fragrant depths of a timeworn leather chair.

    The Time Mirror Clark South
  • It was an altar-tomb, broken and timeworn and almost covered with an accumulation of earth and moss and leaves.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion

    Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • You seem to have inherited the timeworn theory that the War of 1914 was entirely provoked by the junker class of Germans.

    The Great Prince Shan

    E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for timeworn


showing the adverse effects of overlong use or of old age
hackneyed; trite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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