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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Like tourism ads, these arguments push New York’s timeworn brand of hustle and bustle, lights and crowds. Jamie Fisher, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 The resulting pad manages to marry timeworn flourishes with exciting moments of experimentation, like a cocktail bar chiseled entirely from bubble-gum pink marble. Leah Dolan, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 The second season of Euphoria is preoccupied with a timeworn moral sentiment. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Jan. 2022 Like the aging movie star played by Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, Trump kept on admiring himself in the mirror without noticing that his makeup concealed a timeworn face and a diminishing audience. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 One of the stories that recalls Rabbi Moshe Tendler’s charming candor starts out like a timeworn Jewish joke. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Today, the ball field and gas station stand as timeworn reminders of an exotic era gone by. Rob Levin, ajc, 11 July 2021 But beneath the timeworn political cycle on guns in the United States, the country’s appetite for firearms has only been increasing, with more being bought by more Americans than ever before. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2021 Also, predictably, the Biden administration issued the timeworn statement about Israel's right to defend itself. Mary Christine Bader, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of timeworn

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Mar 2022

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“Timeworn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timeworn. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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