[out-wawrn, -wohrn]


out-of-date, outmoded, or obsolete: outworn ideas; outworn methods.
worn-out, as clothes.
exhausted in strength or endurance, as persons.


past participle of outwear.


Nearby words

  1. outweigh,
  2. outwent,
  3. outwit,
  4. outwith,
  5. outwork,
  6. outwrite,
  7. outyear,
  8. ouzel,
  9. ouzo,
  10. ouémé

Origin of outworn

First recorded in 1555–65; out- + worn

Related formsun·out·worn, adjective



verb (used with object), out·wore, out·worn, out·wear·ing.

to wear or last longer than; outlast: a well-made product that outwears its competition.
to exhaust in strength or endurance: The daily toil had soon outworn him.
to outlive or outgrow: Perhaps he will outwear those eccentricities.
to wear out; destroy by wearing: A child outwears clothes quickly.
to pass (time): trying to outwear the hours by reading.

Origin of outwear

First recorded in 1535–45; out- + wear

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British Dictionary definitions for outworn



no longer accepted, used, believed, etc; obsolete or outmoded


verb -wears, -wearing, -wore or -worn (tr)

to use up or destroy by wearing
to last or wear longer than
to outlive, outgrow, or develop beyond
to deplete or exhaust in strength, determination, etc
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Word Origin and History for outworn



from out (adv.) + worn.

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