Origin of moth-eaten
Related formsun·moth-eat·en, adjective
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.
Come one, come all—all you moth-eaten, lousy stiffs from Stiffville.American Sketches|Charles Whibley
It was moth-eaten in one or two places, and I made them let me have it at half-price;—made exactly as good a dress.The Pearl of Orr's Island|Harriet Beecher Stowe
The cap, said to be moth-eaten, and the other articles had been cast into the fire at Mrs. Ellis's orders.The Lamplighter|Maria S. Cummins