adjective \ˈthred-ˌber\

: very thin and in bad condition from too much use

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

Full Definition of THREADBARE

a :  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>
:  exhausted of interest or freshness
thread·bare·ness noun

Examples of THREADBARE

  1. <bought a threadbare couch at a garage sale>
  2. <a novel filled with nothing but threadbare clichés>

First Known Use of THREADBARE

14th century


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