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Definition of "shopworn" [shop•worn]

  • Tarnished, frayed, faded, or otherwise defective from being on display in a store. (adjective)
  • Worn-out, as from overuse; trite: shopworn anecdotes. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shopworn" in a sentence
  • "One tiny mark, a slight rip or fold, any sign that any human being had touched the book and the publishers would call it shopworn and not refund any money for an unsold book."
  • ""hit-the-grit" circus, and were writing to the big shows for prices on superannuated or "shopworn" animals."
  • "And the nuclear priesthood to borrow a phrase from the father of our "Nuclear Navy", Admiral Hyman Rickover still uses many words and concepts that were already shopworn decades ago."