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: worn or impaired by time
: age-old, ancient
: hackneyed, stale
a timeworn joke
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banal, cliché (also cliche), clichéd, cobwebby, commonplace, hack, hackney, hackneyed, moth-eaten, musty, obligatory, shopworn, stale, stereotyped, threadbare, tired, trite, well-worn
fresh, new, novel, original, unclichéd, unhackneyed
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1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: in bad condition because of age
: no longer interesting or effective because of being old or used too often
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