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Definition of "worn-out" []

  • Worn or used until no longer usable or effective. (adjective)
  • Thoroughly exhausted; spent. (adjective)
  • Used so much to the point of no longer being usable (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.

  • Extremely tired (adjective)
  • Used a lot and no longer effective or no longer having an impact (adjective)

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Use "worn-out" in a sentence
  • "As we were in line paying our bill, a blue eyed semi-smiling guy mid to elderly, with a frumpy, well worn-out straw hat in a tattered, well worn-out washed away white long john top, and wearing scruffy jeans, heard us and volunteered to help by introducing us to someone who could complete the tour task at hand."
  • "What Charter 08 and Mr. Liu are saying is, "No, 'China' can be something different, something better than a worn-out, old-style authoritarian government.""
  • "But joyous children (and their dogs) are everywhere: tearing through the maze of alleys, clomping through puddles, singing with delight in their cheap, tidy school clothes in their cement (again treeless) schoolyards, and playing in grimy streets under the watchful eyes of worn-out mothers who sit on their well-scrubbed front steps in their threadbare frocks."