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”

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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 But his legacy is honored every day at the dim, shopworn bar. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "North Beach bar and gathering spot Specs marks 50th anniversary with grand party," 30 Apr. 2018 But in all that success the Kia brand has become a bit shopworn, typecast as down-market and generic. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Kia Stinger GT2: The Best German Car to Come Out of South Korea," 6 Apr. 2018 Jackpot Airlines is about a half step above a commuter airline, and its crew members are either shopworn or under-motivated. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fox comedy is up in the air — maybe in a good way," 29 Dec. 2017 Your undergraduate writing professor’s most shopworn advice is applicable here: Show, don’t tell. Cleo Levin, Slate Magazine, "Save the Stiletto Emoji," 24 Oct. 2017 Establishment Republicans seem to believe Trump’s rise says more about the inadequacies of their voters than about the inadequacies of their own, shopworn politics. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Trump Is the GOP Mainstream," 27 Oct. 2017 And Van Noten’s handling of scarf prints — a seemingly shopworn idea — was deft. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Fashion’s Millennial Problem," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of shopworn

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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