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worn

[ wawrn, wohrn ]
/ wɔrn, woʊrn /
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verb

past participle of wear.

adjective

diminished in value or usefulness through wear, use, handling, etc.: worn clothing; worn tires.
wearied; exhausted.

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RELATED WORDS

shabby, timeworn, tattered, threadbare, well-worn, frayed, gone, shot, tired, exhausted, overworked, drained, destroyed, drawn, beat, jaded, weary, fatigued, overused, wearied

Nearby words

worms, diet of, wormseed, wormseed oil, wormwood, wormy, worn, worn out, worn to a frazzle, worn-out, worried, worried sick
SYNONYMS FOR worn
Related formsworn·ness, nounself-worn, adjectiveun·worn, adjective

Definition for worn (2 of 2)

Origin of wear

before 900; (v.) Middle English weren to have (clothes) on the body, waste, damage, suffer waste or damage, Old English werian; cognate with Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan to clothe; (noun) late Middle English were act of carrying on the body, derivative of the v.; akin to Latin vestis clothing (see vest)
Related formswear·er, nounre·wear, verb, re·wore, re·worn, re·wear·ing.
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Examples from the Web for worn

British Dictionary definitions for worn (1 of 4)

worn

/ (wɔːn) /

verb

the past participle of wear 1

adjective

affected, esp adversely, by long use or actiona worn suit
haggard; drawn
exhausted; spent
Derived Formswornness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for worn (2 of 4)

Wear

/ (wɪə) /

noun

a river in NE England, rising in NW Durham and flowing southeast then northeast to the North Sea at Sunderland. Length: 105 km (65 miles)

British Dictionary definitions for worn (3 of 4)

wear

1
/ (wɛə) /

verb wears, wearing, wore or worn

noun

Derived Formswearer, noun

Word Origin for wear

Old English werian; related to Old High German werien, Old Norse verja, Gothic vasjan

British Dictionary definitions for worn (4 of 4)

wear

2
/ (wɛə) /

verb wears, wearing, wore or worn

nautical to tack by gybing instead of by going through stays

Word Origin for wear

C17: from earlier weare, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with worn

wear


In addition to the idioms beginning with wear

  • wear and tear
  • wear another hat
  • wear down
  • wear off
  • wear one's heart on one's sleeve
  • wear out
  • wear out one's welcome
  • wear the pants
  • wear thin
  • wear two hats
  • wear well

also see:

  • hair shirt, wear a
  • if the shoe fits, wear it
  • none the worse for (wear)
  • worse for wear
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