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[kair-wawrn, -wohrn]
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  1. showing signs of care or worry; fatigued by trouble or anxiety; haggard: a careworn old woman.
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Origin of careworn

First recorded in 1820–30; care + worn
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Historical Examples

  • His clothes were travel stained, and he appeared haggard and careworn.

    Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863


  • With all this, the population was poor-looking and careworn.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • The careworn man at the head of my horse was utterly in the dark.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • His face was thin and careworn, and his eyes had an uncertain, restless look in them.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • The cook might well be careworn, for cookery was the Major's hobby.

British Dictionary definitions for careworn


  1. showing signs of care, stress, worry, etc
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Word Origin and History for careworn


1828, from care (n.) + worn.

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