shopworn

adjective
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 If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Make your home as marketable as possible," 4 July 2020 If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Make your home as marketable as possible," 4 July 2020 If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Make your home as marketable as possible," 4 July 2020 If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Make your home as marketable as possible," 4 July 2020 If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Make your home as marketable as possible," 4 July 2020 If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Make your home as marketable as possible," 4 July 2020 And a shopworn new wave dance hit floods a dull world with the radiance of a neon rainbow. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Sing Street’ Review: New Wave Music as Sweet Deliverance," 16 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of shopworn

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shopworn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shopworn. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for shopworn

shopworn

adjective
How to pronounce shopworn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shopworn

US
: 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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