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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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  • No thought of brushing their worn-out, unmended boots ever entered their minds.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Tom and the worn-out stool had held together through it all.

  • And he was too worn-out and sleepy to think much of what he had heard.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • Try to picture it, oh, worn-out and blasé frequenter of play and opera!

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • They had gone into a shop where the worn-out and used-up woman had bought some shrimps.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
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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