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 Materially, that meant remodeling his careworn kitchen and installing a new roof—ideally, a metal one. Longreads, "The Fracking Lottery," 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, "Framing the Wide-Open Spaces of “Nomadland”," 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, "Self-built dream home just a start," 4 Oct. 2020 Cheerful staff, but it’s a dumpy and careworn place. James Lileks, National Review, "Going Postal," 20 Aug. 2020 And tired eyes grow bright again, And careworn faces smile; And dreams are sweet and moments fleet, And hearts are free from guile. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: L. Frank Baum at Coronado," 16 June 2019 Most startling is the president’s face, which — in contrast to his youthful, slim body — looks careworn and grim. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Michelle Obama’s Mount Rushmore Moment," 14 Feb. 2018 Pallid and careworn, this woman is easy to overlook. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Ironbound' at the Geffen Playhouse: An immigrant's portrait, painted with piercing realism," 9 Feb. 2018 The renovated, expanded Woodland State Theatre is scheduled to open June 30, nearly three years after the project first was announced and seven years after the then-careworn 1937 Streamline Moderne movie house ended its original run. Carla Meyer,, "Historic local movie theater to reopen with electric recliners, beer and wine," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of careworn

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Careworn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of careworn

: looking sad, tired, or worried

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