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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The ceiling was an inverted necropolis of timeworn lanterns and teapots suspended from the rafters. Sarah Khan, New York Times, "Zanzibar in the Rain," 22 Jan. 2020 Combined with the timeworn gender scripts about women’s presumed and compulsory deference to male power, the threats to Black women may be acute. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Naming the Threat," 2 Jan. 2020 Among the highlights: historic seaside Palma with its towering, craggy cathedral and a timeworn fortress now boasting a buzzy modern-art museum, Es Baluard. Samantha Karlin, Washington Post, "Bypass Ibiza’s crowds and parties for Majorca’s beauty and tranquility," 18 Dec. 2019 But not everything in 2020 will be a continuation of 2019: People shopping for FHA loans might find more lenders competing for their business, and change is coming in the timeworn ways that homes are bought and sold. Nerdwallet, cleveland, "Mortgage trends in 2020 include low rates, fewer homes and more competition," 15 Dec. 2019 One suggests that dignity is possible in a thoroughly corrupt world, falling back on the timeworn idea that dignity lies in the struggle—another word for the hustle. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Irishman and Parasite: Two Paths for the Hustle," 11 Dec. 2019 For over 812,000 followers, the timeworn entries of old hotels and hat shops from Lisbon to Los Angeles serve as a reminder to look down and appreciate the history beneath your feet. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, "Tiny tiles are back in a big way," 15 Oct. 2019 In this cozy New England farmhouse, a timeworn texture transports visitors back to simpler days. Chelsea Evers, Country Living, "16 Best Yellow Paint Colors That'll Look Gorgeous in Any Room," 21 Nov. 2019 In an era of limitless on-demand entertainment, the timeworn art of French marionette theater continues to capture minds and hearts in this country in ways that smartphones, video games and the most seducing technologies can’t. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "The French Theaters Where the iPhone Is No Match for Guignol," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of timeworn

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Timeworn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timeworn. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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