[wel-wawrn, -wohrn]


showing the effects of extensive use or wear: well-worn carpets.
trite, hackneyed, or stale: a well-worn saying.
fittingly or becomingly worn or borne: a well-worn reserve that never seems haughty.

Origin of well-worn

First recorded in 1615–25
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Contemporary Examples of well-worn

Historical Examples of well-worn

  • It had the well-worn look of an old coat, shabby but comfortable.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • As the well-worn phrase goes, I was a sadder if not a wiser man.

  • It was a well-worn path that led from the cottage to Lyle Abbey.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Indeed, hardly had the latter glanced at the well-worn letter he held than he smiled.


    Alan Douglas

  • Putting on his spectacles, he took out his well-worn Bible and opened it.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for well-worn


adjective (well worn when postpositive)

so much used as to be affected by weara well-worn coat
used too often; hackneyeda well-worn phrase
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