[ 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

Words Nearby shopworn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shopworn in a sentence

  • How does Perry go North with the shopworn baggage of Johnny Reb superiority and an unapologetic evangelical paternalism?

    GOP Still Has No Chance | John Batchelor | August 15, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • But the idea that technology makes us free has now become a shopworn notion in need of drastic revision.

    Death by Texting | Lee Siegel | September 4, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Amid a mob of shopworn public men, here was one who had at least the charm of novelty.

  • Was any thing shopworn, moth eaten, or out of fashion, the spectacles told it as plainly as if they had spoken aloud.

    Daisy; or, The Fairy Spectacles | Caroline Snowden Guild
  • She had her eyes on two, one somewhat shopworn, and the other a bankrupt; and in training, she had one just coming of age.

    The Man Who Could Not Lose | Richard Harding Davis
  • I had a feeling that the end and slice would lie around and get shopworn if I did not take them.

    The Car That Went Abroad | Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Did you know he could make the ace of spades look shopworn and weary at thirty paces with one of those toys?

British Dictionary definitions for shopworn


/ (ˈʃɒpˌwɔːn) /

  1. the US word for shopsoiled

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