time·​worn | \ ˈtīm-ˌwȯrn How to pronounce timeworn (audio) \

Definition of timeworn

1 : worn or impaired by time timeworn mansions
2a : age-old, ancient timeworn procedures
b : hackneyed, stale a timeworn joke

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Examples of timeworn in a Sentence

a timeworn sweater with holes in the sleeves The houses on the street are all timeworn and badly in need of repair. He gave us the same timeworn speech about the need to work hard.
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One of the city's most timeworn districts lay bombed out amid heaps of rubble. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "One of India's holiest cities is being reborn. Not everyone is happy," 21 Mar. 2019 But timeworn accents like books and gilt plates actually pop against the colors in the living room. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "11 Truly Surprising Ways to Use Color," 11 Mar. 2019 The photographs make for enjoyable viewing; their nostalgic, timeworn quality evokes the pleasurable surprise of stumbling upon a family photo album abandoned in an attic. Allie Spensley, WSJ, "‘African American Portraits: Photographs From the 1940s and 1950s’ Review: Depictions Free From Bias," 21 July 2018 Main Street, a timeworn mix of law offices, beauty supply shops, delis and other small retailers, reflects the city’s diversity. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Hackensack, N.J.: Small, Ethnically Diverse and Affordable," 17 Jan. 2018 Thirteen years on, my wallet is literally tearing at the seams; its timeworn appearance has led to at least one serious fight, when a girlfriend bought me a beautiful blue monogrammed replacement that just didn’t fit my pocket. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "Will the Smartphone Ever Truly Replace Your Beloved Wallet?," 2 Aug. 2018 The petition includes dozens of timeworn documents unearthed during the search. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 Antique Touch: Vintage-style fittings, like the faucets and lighting, have the patina of timeworn pieces. Ayn-monique Tetreault-rooney Klahre, Woman's Day, "What's Your Decorating Style?," 9 Nov. 2010 Meanwhile, many of the original manors, once so vastly patrician in scale, lie in ruins — a scene more timeworn and romantic than the founders could ever have thought possible. Ash Carter, Town & Country, "The Fascinating History of the Town Where the Tuxedo Was Born," 1 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of timeworn

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of timeworn

: in bad condition because of age
: no longer interesting or effective because of being old or used too often

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