care·​worn | \ ˈker-ˌwȯrn How to pronounce careworn (audio) \

Definition of careworn

: showing the effect of grief or anxiety a careworn face

Examples of careworn in a Sentence

He has a careworn face. He looks tired and careworn.
Recent Examples on the Web On a recent Friday, Dolores, a large, careworn woman of fifty, lay in a bed built from used rods and wooden planks. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2022 Pantomimes stuck with that convention, and one of the stars is still a man dressed as a careworn mother — the Dame. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 15 Dec. 2021 The cheap, careworn hide suggests many things — neglect, decay, unraveling. Globe Staff,, 11 Nov. 2021 Chu, along with his cinematographer, Alice Brooks, and his production team, take care to capture the neighborhood’s careworn beauty: Nothing looks too new or too shiny. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 10 June 2021 Materially, that meant remodeling his careworn kitchen and installing a new roof—ideally, a metal one. Longreads, 21 Dec. 2017 Her conveyance is Vanguard, a careworn white van, its headlights searching out a new future, everything bungee-corded down. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Meeting Darren Hendricks -- one of Pine Bluff's newest residents -- for the first time, one might be struck by his friendly, open and calmly self-assured demeanor that is in stark contrast to his gruff and somewhat careworn appearance. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 4 Oct. 2020 Cheerful staff, but it’s a dumpy and careworn place. James Lileks, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of careworn

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Careworn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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