shop·​worn | \ ˈshäp-ˌwȯrn How to pronounce shopworn (audio) \

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

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Examples of shopworn in a Sentence

the shopworn suggestion to job applicants to “just be yourself”
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the settings seem shopworn and the whole exercise feels hollow. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Men in Black: International’ Review: Humor, We Have a Problem," 13 June 2019 If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: What should you do to help sell your home?," 9 Nov. 2019 At a time when American movies are overrun with shopworn visions, its madness is a balm and a beacon. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe make a mad and mesmerizing duo in ‘The Lighthouse’," 16 Oct. 2019 Beyond the city it’s set in, the series doesn’t really offer anything fresh to the shopworn legal genre. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Fall TV 2019: Five really bad new shows to avoid," 23 Sep. 2019 Perhaps with someone like Alan Ball or Ryan Murphy taking the reins, a remake of this shopworn tale might attract a few new customers. Matthew Chernov,, "10 Stephen King films that deserve remakes," 5 Sep. 2019 Despite the cheekiness of the staging, Hamida’s path to enlightenment feels a bit shopworn. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Review: Swashbuckling world premiere ‘House of Joy’ hits and misses at Cal Shakes," 19 Aug. 2019 The idea that his shopworn knees disadvantage him on a court with low bounces? Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts From Day Two at Wimbledon," 3 July 2018 Open your eyes to more than your shopworn ideology. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of shopworn

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Dec 2019

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“Shopworn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shopworn

: 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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