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[wawrn-out, wohrn-] /ˈwɔrnˈaʊt, ˈwoʊrn-/
worn or used beyond repair.
depleted of energy, strength, or enthusiasm; exhausted; fatigued.
Origin of worn-out
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mars was old and worn-out and barren, dreaming itself into slow death.

    Duel on Syrtis Poul William Anderson
  • The night came, and with it most of the searchers returned, dejected and worn-out.

  • Would you have had me stay in them and become a worn-out old drudge before I was forty?

  • Its work is done, and nature has given the worn-out body rest.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • The Malay had a moment of hesitation, and Lingard noticed the sunken eyes, the prominent ribs, and the worn-out look of the man.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for worn-out


adjective (worn out when postpositive)
worn or used until threadbare, valueless, or useless
exhausted; very weary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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