[yoozd or for 4, yoost]


previously used or owned; secondhand: a used car.
showing wear or being worn out: a thrift shop that accepts used clothing.
employed for a purpose; utilized: a frequently used dictionary.


    used to, accustomed or habituated to: I'm not used to cold weather. They weren't used to getting up so early.

Origin of used

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at use, -ed2
Related formshalf-used, adjectivewell-used, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for well-used

busy, accepted, frequented, sure

Examples from the Web for well-used

Contemporary Examples of well-used

Historical Examples of well-used

  • By skilful play and well-used dignity he might contrive to snatch all the credit yet.

    Rung Ho!

    Talbot Mundy

  • Upon one side of the room are shelves holding five or six hundred well-used volumes.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

  • He made the coins jump and jingle in his agile hand, well-used to dealing cards.

    Their Son; The Necklace

    Eduardo Zamacois

  • It sagged upon the hinges, but, well-used to its vagaries, she overcame it with a regardless haste.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • It was a dark cordovan brown, made even darker by long usage, which had added oily stains to the well-used leather.

    With No Strings Attached

    Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA David Gordon)

British Dictionary definitions for well-used


adjective (well used when postpositive)

used or employed often or for a long time; well-worn



bought or sold second-handused cars
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Word Origin and History for well-used



"second-hand," 1590s, past participle adjective from use (v.). To be used to "accustomed, familiar" is recorded by 1520s. Verbal phrase used to "formerly did or was" (as in I used to love her) represents a construction attested from c.1300, and common from c.1400, but now surviving only in past tense form. The pronunciation is affected by the t- of to.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with well-used


In addition to the idiom beginning with used

  • used to

also see:

  • it takes getting used to

Also see underuse.

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