- faded, especially from washing.
- weary; exhausted.
- tired-looking; wan.
Origin of washed-out
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for washed-out
We live in a washed-out PC world where nobody in government wants to say the wrong thing so they say nothing at all.An American in Full
December 14, 2010
She had a faded, washed-out look, and her hair was thinning out.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Yes, he said; I know that they have a washed-out and ridiculous appearance.The Republic
Allingham handed her the slip of washed-out paper that still lay on his desk.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
Our men have become pulpy, washed-out, sore-corroded shadows of men.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The trail was an old one, and the sloping, washed-out rut was deep.The Wind Before the Dawn
Dell H. Munger