[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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Related Words for timeworn

hoary, trite, aged, ancient, antiquated, dated, old, battered, weathered

Examples from the Web for timeworn

Historical Examples of timeworn

  • Judging from what little I have seen, it appears to be ancient and timeworn.

  • Branch after branch is dropping from the timeworn, weatherbeaten trunk.

  • The birth of Lafayette is recorded in the yellow and timeworn parish register of Chaviniac.


    Martha Foote Crow

  • Besides the earnest agony of its words, there was a mute eloquence about that yellow, timeworn paper.


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • Feeling certain of defeat at the polls, the partisans of the latter candidate resorted to the timeworn expedient of a revolt.

British Dictionary definitions for timeworn



showing the adverse effects of overlong use or of old age
hackneyed; trite
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