Origin of used
Examples from the Web for well-used
Contemporary Examples of well-used
So what of the photograph of what the Senate report described as a “well-used waterboard” with buckets around it, at the Salt Pit?CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of well-used
By skilful play and well-used dignity he might contrive to snatch all the credit yet.Rung Ho!
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
It sagged upon the hinges, but, well-used to its vagaries, she overcame it with a regardless haste.Tiverton Tales
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)
adjective (well used when postpositive)
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with used
- used to
- it takes getting used to
Also see underuse.