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threadbare

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adjective thread·bare \ˈthred-ˌber\

Simple Definition of threadbare

  • : very thin and in bad condition from too much use

  • : not very effective, interesting, etc., because of being used too often

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of threadbare

  1. 1a :  having the nap worn off so that the thread shows :  shabby <threadbare clothes>b :  wearing threadbare clothing :  very poor <took in threadbare relatives — Russell Baker>c :  barely adequate because of cheapness or shabbiness <a threadbare production>

  2. 2 :  exhausted of interest or freshness

threadbareness noun

Examples of threadbare in a sentence

  1. <bought a threadbare couch at a garage sale>

  2. <a novel filled with nothing but threadbare clichés>



14th Century

First Known Use of threadbare

14th century

Synonym Discussion of threadbare

trite, hackneyed, stereotyped, threadbare mean lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest. trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity <“you win some, you lose some” is a trite expression>. hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless <all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed>. stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form <views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date>. threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted <a mystery novel with a threadbare plot>.

THREADBARE Defined for Kids

threadbare

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adjective thread·bare \ˈthred-ˌber\

Definition of threadbare for Students

  1. 1 :  worn so much that the thread shows :  shabby

  2. 2 :  not effective because of overuse <a threadbare excuse>





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