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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Schmitt gives pro-Beijing scholars an opportunity to anchor the party’s legitimacy on more primal forces—nationalism and external enemies—rather than the timeworn notion of class struggle. Chang Che, The Atlantic, "The Nazi Inspiring China’s Communists," 1 Dec. 2020 The graveside gatherings, shoulder-to-shoulder prayers, consoling hugs and timeworn rituals have been canceled or curtailed for fears of contagion. Daniel Burke, CNN, "How Jews and Muslims are burying their coronavirus dead," 13 Nov. 2020 The collection celebrates timeworn and organic materials juxtaposed with contemporary, refined details. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "This Houston Home Is the Utter Definition of Warm and Welcoming," 6 Oct. 2020 Coming to understand oneself as, if not prey, at the very least a legible target for other creatures’ defensive instincts was a timeworn rite of passage. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, "Why We’re Afraid of Bats," 5 Oct. 2020 Gray undertones balance the earthy brown to create a dark, deeply comforting color that reminds of burnished metal or timeworn stone. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Sherwin-Williams Just Announced Its 2021 Color of the Year," 22 Sep. 2020 San Francisco’s timeworn tradition of letting one cranky person hold up a project even if thousands benefit from it may finally, deservedly get overhauled. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "‘A good start’: SF officials say they’ll work to reduce frivolous appeals of needed transit projects," 16 Sep. 2020 Cozy and timeworn, the space seems warmed, even in the cooler months, by the sun of past summers. New York Times, "On Long Island, a Timeworn Pool House Steeped in Americana," 16 Sep. 2020 In fact, later in his screed, the author of this garbage rebuts himself by trotting out the timeworn argument that President Lyndon Baines Johnson was the first chief executive to misuse Social Security funds and spend them on other purposes. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Setting the record straight: Internet lies about Social Security never go away," 13 Sep. 2020

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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 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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