[ tahym-wawrn, -wohrn ]
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  1. worn or impaired by time.

  2. showing the effects of age or antiquity; antiquated: timeworn farming methods.

  1. commonplace; trite; hackneyed: a timeworn excuse.

Origin of timeworn

First recorded in1720–30; time + worn

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How to use timeworn in a sentence

  • Sometimes this throat uttered Yes, sometimes it uttered No; sometimes it made inquiries about a time worn denizen of the place.

    Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
  • You shall not hold back his hand from working its own beautiful designs, that it may putty up the cracks in your time-worn vessel.

    A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
  • The two hospital surgeons, by this time worn out, accepted the offer and withdrew.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for timeworn


/ (ˈtaɪmˌwɔːn) /

  1. showing the adverse effects of overlong use or of old age

  2. hackneyed; trite

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