[oh-ver-wawrn, -wohrn]


past participle of overwear.



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

to use or wear excessively; wear out; exhaust; tax: needlessly overwearing her best workers; phrases overworn by repetition.

Origin of overwear

First recorded in 1570–80; over- + wear
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Examples from the Web for overworn

Historical Examples of overworn

  • He had been so overworn and overwrought, that his mind took on feverish fancies.

    A Singular Life

    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  • It was not easy for the overtasked and overworn powers of Beatrice to rally.

    Cord and Creese

    James de Mille

  • The white is my Soror Regin; the red must be the Austriaca; but the purple and overworn ones are perhaps now overworn indeed.

  • But the streams were cold, the forests dark; losing her way, overworn and weary, sank and died the mother of Andrew Jackson.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • His clothes, though neatly brushed, were too shabby and overworn for a person of his position.

    The Devil's Garden

    W. B. Maxwell