Definition of threadbare
- took in threadbare relatives
- —Russell Baker
- a threadbare production
bought a threadbare couch at a garage sale
a novel filled with nothing but threadbare clichés
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boring, colorless, drab, dreary, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, humdrum, leaden, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, prosaic, stodgy, stuffy, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, vapid, wearisome, weary, wearying;
: very thin and in bad condition from too much use
: not very effective, interesting, etc., because of being used too often
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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