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View synonyms for worn-out

worn-out

[ wawrn-out, wohrn- ]

adjective

  1. worn or used beyond repair.
  2. depleted of energy, strength, or enthusiasm; exhausted; fatigued.


worn-out

adjective

  1. worn or used until threadbare, valueless, or useless
  2. exhausted; very weary


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Word History and Origins

Origin of worn-out1

First recorded in 1585–95

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Idioms and Phrases

see wear out .

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Example Sentences

But millennials are simply rejecting the worn-out trappings and organizations of the Establishment—and quite right too.

Critics who are less bullish on The Crazy Ones bemoan all of this, protesting that the Robin Williams shtick is worn out.

And you probably watched it so many times your VHS tape got too worn out to play.

And when I try to do something, we get nothing but opposition, based upon old, worn out BS.

Dickens died young, at 58, worn out from overwork, from the sheer strain of being himself.

Her worn-out blue petticoat is lighted up by a moonbeam; in her hand she appears to have a hoe.

But all you can think of are the horror stories about the worn out genes of Earth.

It is at best but a worn-out scarecrow shaking its vain rags in the wind.

The gallant General is not the only one who is worn out with this hopeless task.

He is actually climbing the roof, to make sure every old, worn-out shingle is replaced by a new one.

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