[ shop-wawrn, ‐wohrn ]
See synonyms for shopworn on
  1. worn or marred, as goods exposed and handled in a store.

  2. trite; hackneyed.

Origin of shopworn

First recorded in 1870–75; shop + worn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use shopworn in a sentence

  • I shouldnt wonder if Id have to look out for an opening that hasnt been offered to every passer-by and become shop-worn.

    Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman
  • This superiority is only the more vividly revealed by the shop-worn shoddiness of most of his materials.

    A Book of Prefaces | H. L. Mencken
  • It was published in 1908, eight years before we chanced upon it, shabby and shop worn, its pages still uncut.

    The Opium Monopoly | Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • Age brings caution and a lot of shop-worn experience, purchased at the highest market price.

    Remarks | Bill Nye
  • They feel like a bunch of shop-worn lower-case ciphers just ready to be edited into the hell-box.

British Dictionary definitions for shopworn


/ (ˈʃɒpˌwɔːn) /

  1. the US word for shopsoiled

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