wear-out

or wear·out

[ wair-out ]
/ ˈwɛərˌaʊt /

noun

the act or fact of wearing out; a worn-out condition: wear-out at the knees of pants.

Origin of wear-out

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase wear out

Definition for wear out (2 of 2)

Origin of wear

before 900; (v.) Middle English weren to have (clothes) on the body, waste, damage, suffer waste or damage, Old English werian; cognate with Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan to clothe; (noun) late Middle English were act of carrying on the body, derivative of the v.; akin to Latin vestis clothing (see vest)
Related formswear·er, nounre·wear, verb, re·wore, re·worn, re·wear·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for wear out (1 of 4)

wear out


verb (adverb)

to make or become unfit or useless through wear
(tr) to exhaust or tire

British Dictionary definitions for wear out (2 of 4)

Wear

/ (wɪə) /

noun

a river in NE England, rising in NW Durham and flowing southeast then northeast to the North Sea at Sunderland. Length: 105 km (65 miles)

British Dictionary definitions for wear out (3 of 4)

wear

1
/ (wɛə) /

verb wears, wearing, wore or worn

noun

Derived Formswearer, noun

Word Origin for wear

Old English werian; related to Old High German werien, Old Norse verja, Gothic vasjan

British Dictionary definitions for wear out (4 of 4)

wear

2
/ (wɛə) /

verb wears, wearing, wore or worn

nautical to tack by gybing instead of by going through stays

Word Origin for wear

C17: from earlier weare, of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with wear out (1 of 2)

wear out


1

Become or cause to become unusable through long or heavy use, as in She wears out her shoes in no time, or The coupling in this device has worn out. [Early 1400s]

2

Exhaust, tire, as in I was worn out from packing all those books. Also see tired out. [First half of 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with wear out (2 of 2)

wear


In addition to the idioms beginning with wear

  • wear and tear
  • wear another hat
  • wear down
  • wear off
  • wear one's heart on one's sleeve
  • wear out
  • wear out one's welcome
  • wear the pants
  • wear thin
  • wear two hats
  • wear well

also see:

  • hair shirt, wear a
  • if the shoe fits, wear it
  • none the worse for (wear)
  • worse for wear
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