care·​worn ˈker-ˌwȯrn How to pronounce careworn (audio)
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of careworn was in 1790

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“Careworn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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care·​worn -ˌwō(ə)rn How to pronounce careworn (audio)
: showing the effect of grief or worry
a careworn face

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