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  1. diminished in value or usefulness through wear, use, handling, etc.: The car's front tires were very worn, with little tread left.

  2. showing a considerable level of use or wear: He read his speech from two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been folded and unfolded many times.

  1. wearied; exhausted: She looked worn but joyful as she held her newborn daughter.

  1. the past participle of wear.

Origin of worn

First recorded in 1500–10, for the adjective

Other words for worn

Other words from worn

  • worn·ness, noun
  • self-worn, adjective
  • un·worn, adjective

Words Nearby worn

Other definitions for -worn (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form with the meaning “showing a specified level of use, deterioration, or consumption”: Before you toss that little-worn top, consider if it could be given a second life.

  2. a combining form with the meaning “showing wear, deterioration, or exhaustion from a specified cause”: The old bridges fit the landscape, maybe because they are as windworn and aged as the land around them.The knights were weary and battleworn when they returned to the castle.

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How to use worn in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for worn


/ (wɔːn) /

  1. the past participle of wear 1

  1. affected, esp adversely, by long use or action: a worn suit

  2. haggard; drawn

  1. exhausted; spent

Derived forms of worn

  • wornness, noun

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