[tahym-wawrn, -wohrn]


worn or impaired by time.
showing the effects of age or antiquity; antiquated: timeworn farming methods.
commonplace; trite; hackneyed: a timeworn excuse.

Origin of timeworn

First recorded in 1720–30; time + worn
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showing the adverse effects of overlong use or of old age
hackneyed; trite
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Word Origin and History for time-worn

1729, from time (n.) + worn (adj.).

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