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[shop-wawrn, ‐wohrn]
  1. worn or marred, as goods exposed and handled in a store.
  2. trite; hackneyed.
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Origin of shopworn

First recorded in 1870–75; shop + worn
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Examples from the Web for shop-worn

Historical Examples of shop-worn

  • I could now see that her face was the color of a shop-worn lemon.

    A Bicycle of Cathay

    Frank R. Stockton

  • And beauty without brains isn't real beauty at all, but a sad, shop-worn, tear-wringing imitation.

    The Woman Beautiful

    Helen Follett Stevans

  • But nine times in ten it is some dog's-eared, shop-worn quotation from one of the "standard" bards, usually Shakspere.

  • But if the shop-worn phrase "human document" can ever be fittingly applied, no better instance can be found than this.

    Essays on Russian Novelists

    William Lyon Phelps

  • As for those suggestions that the answer is higher taxes, the American people have repeatedly rejected that shop-worn advice.

British Dictionary definitions for shop-worn


  1. the US word for shopsoiled
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Word Origin and History for shop-worn


"shabby from handling while on display," 1838, from shop (n.) + worn (adj.).

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