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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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 The dreams are full of disquieting imagery — the fluttering of moths, a timeworn theater, a frozen corpse. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: 13 Dead Dreams of "Eugene" - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Reducing human beings to animals is a timeworn method for oppression, and for African-Americans in particular, animal rhetoric has been a long-standing tool of white supremacy. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "The Survival Instincts of Atlanta’s Flawless Second Season," 11 May 2018 The day after the alleged fraud was detected, postal inspectors interviewed the carrier who delivers the mail to Henderson-Spruce's timeworn, seven-story building. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago man charged in scam on United Parcel Service," 9 May 2018 That timeworn adage is fitting for what Dulaney’s girls lacrosse team is doing as the regular season winds down and the postseason is looming. Nelson Coffin, baltimoresun.com, "Dulaney girls lacrosse stays hot with win over Loch Raven as postseason approaches," 2 May 2018 Pieces by Ron Nagle, Wyatt Kahn, Isabelle Cornaro and others have a constructivist richness that pops against the timeworn white walls, a contrast that is fully intentional. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Inside the Brooklyn Apartment of the Interior Designer Whose Clients Include Cartier, Nike and Glossier," 28 Apr. 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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