time·​worn | \ˈtīm-ˌwȯrn \

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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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 Now, lights, props and ambient sounds, installed with a theatrical sensibility, update — and have some fun with — the timeworn mini-golf trope of pirates. Sarah Firshein, New York Times, "Mini-Golf in a Red Hook Warehouse," 27 June 2018 Inside, an assortment of nautical antiques, no doubt inspired by the inn's proximity to the ferry docks, adds timeworn charm to 20 otherwise updated guest rooms. Carly Breit, Country Living, "Why This Beautiful Nantucket Inn Needs to Be On Your Bucket List," 14 June 2017 The show’s strengths derive from Pier 24’s broad familiarity with current threads in the timeworn fabric of straight photography. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Bruce Gilden’s grotesques at Pier 24 Photography," 22 June 2018 Cobb pulls that off a lot on Providence Canyon, putting some fresh spins on timeworn country themes. Philly.com, "Album reviews: Playboi Carti, Arctic Monkeys, Brent Cobb," 17 May 2018

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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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