- eaten or damaged by or as if by the larvae of moths.
- decayed or worn out.
- out of fashion; antiquated.
Origin of moth-eaten
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for moth-eaten
For a contemporary manifestation of this moth-eaten brand of tyranny, look no further than Hamas-ruled Gaza.Hamas: The Palestinian Fashion Police
April 9, 2013
It's all stuffy and moth-eaten, and the gold is nearly black.Terry
That's the old, moth-eaten gag they're sure to try to pull on you.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.Socialism: Positive and Negative
Robert Rives La Monte
Come one, come all—all you moth-eaten, lousy stiffs from Stiffville.American Sketches
The furniture was dilapidated, and the coverings of it were worn and moth-eaten.Rollo in Scotland
- decayed, decrepit, or outdated
- eaten away by or as if by moths
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