[ wel-wawrn, -wohrn ]
/ ˈwɛlˈwɔrn, -ˈwoʊrn /


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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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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