She dried the teacup with a worn mildewed hand towel, also embroidered with Lily of the Valley.
In Baghdad, where women had once worn miniskirts, they were told to cover up.
He was attended by a medical staff wearing much the same protective gear he had worn treating Ebola patients in Guinea.
The diamond Prince of Wales feathers brooch was modified by Diana to be worn as a necklace.
No, in Florida on Monday night at the third presidential debate, Michelle Obama chose a subtle dress she had worn a month before.
These may have been worn by King Agamemnon, or by the Trojan warriors.
I shouldn't think you'd ever seen nor worn no jool'ry in your life.
Now that the burning of the ginger had worn off, he was as bad as ever.
But the alarm must soon have worn out had it only been supported by perjury.
They were said by the man with the gun in the uniform like the one worn by Elston.
c.1500, from adjectival use of past participle of wear (v.); from Old English geworen (see wear). Worn-out "exhausted by use" is attested from 1610s in reference to things, c.1700 in reference to persons.
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."