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moth-eaten

[ mawth-eet-n, moth- ]
/ ˈmɔθˌit n, ˈmɒθ- /
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adjective

eaten or damaged by or as if by the larvae of moths.
decayed or worn out.
out of fashion; antiquated.

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RELATED WORDS

ancient, antiquated, archaic, dated, decayed, decrepit, dilapidated, moribund, old-fashioned, outdated, ragged, tattered, threadbare, worn-out

Nearby words

motet, moth, moth bean, moth mullein, moth orchid, moth-eaten, mothball, mothballs, mother, mother carey's chicken, mother cell

Origin of moth-eaten

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Related formsun·moth-eat·en, adjective
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moth-eaten


adjective

decayed, decrepit, or outdated
eaten away by or as if by moths
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