well-worn

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

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. well-used,
  2. well-versed,
  3. well-wisher,
  4. well-woman,
  5. well-wooded,
  6. well-written,
  7. well-wrought,
  8. welladay,
  9. welland,
  10. welland canal

Origin of well-worn

First recorded in 1615–25

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British Dictionary definitions for well-worn

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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