[shop-wawrn, ‐wohrn]


worn or marred, as goods exposed and handled in a store.
trite; hackneyed.

Origin of shopworn

First recorded in 1870–75; shop + worn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shopworn

stale, trite, frayed, faded

Examples from the Web for shopworn

Contemporary Examples of shopworn

Historical Examples of shopworn

  • Even now, shopworn as she was, Gloria could have a fairly wide range of suitors should something happen to him.

    The Doorway

    Evelyn E. Smith

  • Amid a mob of shopworn public men, here was one who had at least the charm of novelty.

  • 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

  • He was long limbed and awkward and useless, and homely as a shopworn fifty-cent yellow plush manicure set.

    That Pup

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • He looks around helplessly as if searching for new words to clothe an old, shopworn phrase.

    This Side of Paradise

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

British Dictionary definitions for shopworn



the US word for shopsoiled
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