Mrs. Macy says Mrs. Lupey is so wore out she can't talk of nothin' else.
It was broad daylight when I got to bed, all wore out with happiness.
He treated his friends as he did his gloves, that is, he wore out both, and then cast them from him.
As for me, time, which wears out all things, wore out my remembrance of the Dream.
He was made free at first at the mess, but wore out his welcome.
I get wore out lots of times and knuckle down, but Dr. Hugh won't.
Him as lies i' th' churchyard loved me i' his way—men foak's way is apt to be a poor un—an' I'm wore out wi' life.
He's got George's letters all wore out, reading them, to people.
Andy was one Negro that never did act like he been taught, and old Master's patience about wore out with him anyways.
The family that had raised it wore out in the earlier part of this century.
Old English werian "to clothe, put on," from Proto-Germanic *wazjanan (cf. Old Norse verja, Old High German werian, Gothic gawasjan "to clothe"), from PIE *wes- "to clothe" (cf. Sanskrit vaste "he puts on," vasanam "garment;" Avestan vah-; Greek esthes "clothing," hennymi "to clothe," eima "garment;" Latin vestire "to clothe;" Welsh gwisgo, Breton gwiska; Old English wæstling "sheet, blanket;" Hittite washshush "garments," washanzi "they dress").
The Germanic forms "were homonyms of the vb. for 'prevent, ward off, protect' (Goth. warjan, O.E. werian, etc.), and this was prob. a factor in their early displacement in most of the Gmc. languages" [Buck]. Shifted from a weak verb (past tense and past participle wered) to a strong one (past tense wore, past participle worn) in 14c. on analogy of rhyming strong verbs such as bear and tear.
Secondary sense of "use up, gradually damage" (late 13c.) is from effect of continued use on clothes. To be the worse for wear is attested from 1782; noun phrase wear and tear is first recorded 1660s.
"action of wearing" (clothes), mid-15c., from wear (v.). Meaning "what one wears" is 1570s. To be the worse for wear is attested from 1782; noun phrase wear and tear is first recorded 1660s, implying the sense "process of being degraded by use."