shopworn

adjective shop·worn \ ˈshäp-ˌwȯrn \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of shopworn

1 :faded, soiled, or otherwise impaired by remaining too long in a store
2 :stale from excessive use or familiarity
  • shopworn clichés
3 :worn-out
  • a shopworn veteran

Examples of shopworn in a Sentence

  1. the shopworn suggestion to job applicants to “just be yourself”

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First Known Use of shopworn

1838


SHOPWORN Defined for English Language Learners

shopworn

adjective

Definition of shopworn for English Language Learners

  • : faded or damaged from being in a shop or store for too long

  • : not interesting because of being used too often



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