- eaten into or gnawed by worms.
- impaired by time, decayed or antiquated.
Origin of worm-eaten
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Examples from the Web for worm-eaten
Dry and worm-eaten, a spark upon them became a smoulder, and a smoulder a blaze.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Fill a stewpan with large flap mushrooms, that are not worm-eaten, and the skins and fringe of such as have been pickled.
"The apricots have all failed, and fully one-half of the peaches are worm-eaten," said she, dryly.Barrington
Charles James Lever
But to ask me to worship a stuffed purple robe on a worm-eaten throne!Dreamers of the Ghetto
I will take it since you offer it in kindness, old dame, this worm-eaten staff.The Children of Odin
- eaten into by wormsa worm-eaten table
- decayed; rotten
- old-fashioned; antiquated
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