worm-eaten

[ wurm-eet-n ]

adjective
  1. eaten into or gnawed by worms.

  2. impaired by time, decayed or antiquated.

Origin of worm-eaten

1
1350–1400; Middle English wormeten;see worm, eat, -en3

Other words from worm-eaten

  • un·worm-eat·en, adjective

Words Nearby worm-eaten

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British Dictionary definitions for worm-eaten

worm-eaten

adjective
  1. eaten into by worms: a worm-eaten table

  2. decayed; rotten

  1. old-fashioned; antiquated

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