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threadbare

[ thred-bair ]
/ ˈθrɛdˌbɛər /
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adjective
having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof, as a fabric, garment, etc.
wearing threadbare clothes; shabby or poor: a threadbare old man.
meager, scanty, or poor: a threadbare emotional life.
hackneyed; trite; ineffectively stale: threadbare arguments.
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Origin of threadbare

First recorded in 1325–75, threadbare is from the Middle English word thredbare.See thread, bare1

OTHER WORDS FROM threadbare

threadbareness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for threadbare

threadbare
/ (ˈθrɛdˌbɛə) /

adjective
(of cloth, clothing, etc) having the nap worn off so that the threads are exposed
meagre or poora threadbare existence
hackneyeda threadbare argument
wearing threadbare clothes; shabby

Derived forms of threadbare

threadbareness, noun
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