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[wel-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˈwɛlˈwɔrn, -ˈwoʊrn/
showing the effects of extensive use or wear:
well-worn carpets.
trite, hackneyed, or stale:
a well-worn saying.
fittingly or becomingly worn or borne:
a well-worn reserve that never seems haughty.
Origin of well-worn
First recorded in 1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It had the well-worn look of an old coat, shabby but comfortable.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • As the well-worn phrase goes, I was a sadder if not a wiser man.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • It was a well-worn path that led from the cottage to Lyle Abbey.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Indeed, hardly had the latter glanced at the well-worn letter he held than he smiled.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • Putting on his spectacles, he took out his well-worn Bible and opened it.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for well-worn


adjective (well worn when postpositive)
so much used as to be affected by wear: a well-worn coat
used too often; hackneyed: a well-worn phrase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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