wear and tear

noun

Definition of wear and tear

: the loss, injury, or stress to which something is subjected by or in the course of use especially : normal depreciation

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for wear and tear

Synonyms

wear

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of wear and tear in a Sentence

my favorite jeans finally succumbed to wear and tear and had to be replaced

Recent Examples on the Web

The bad news is Edelman is 33 and has a lot of miles, wear and tear on his diminutive (5-11, 198 pounds) body, a result of playing deep into the postseason nearly every season of his 11-year career. oregonlive.com, "Can Tom Brady outrun Father Time? 10 questions for the New England Patriots as training camp opens," 31 July 2019 But the duration [of this flood] wears and tears on the minds of not only the business owners but the homeowners. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "No End in Sight for Record Midwest Flood Crisis," 26 June 2019 Bold colors and patterns give the room a fun, youthful vibe that can stand up to wear and tear from active boys. Washington Post, "Designing a bedroom for a tween boy: Goodbye toys, hello rocket-building space," 13 June 2019 Second to that is the demand the art form places on the pocketbook: A single pair of ballet pointe slippers starts at $80, and a dancer can go through multiple pairs in a week due to wear and tear. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 Acrylic, however, is less durable than wool and can become fuzzy over time due to wear and tear. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 For the last couple of years, the two-story apartment that occupies the 10th floor of the building was closed for renovations due to wear and tear from Montreal’s notoriously harsh winters. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Moshe Safdie’s own unit in Habitat 67 completes renovation," 29 Nov. 2018 Toyota said then that issues at the assembly left wires exposed to wear and tear, which could pose a fire risk. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Toyota Recalls More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Hybrid-System Fault," 5 Oct. 2018 Westbrook turns 31 in November, carrying years of wear and tear on his body as a result of his max-effort style. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Paul George and Russell Westbrook Trades Could Create the Perfect Thunder Rebuild," 8 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wear and tear.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wear and tear

1666, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wear and tear

Statistics for wear and tear

Last Updated

10 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for wear and tear

The first known use of wear and tear was in 1666

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on wear and tear

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with wear and tear

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for wear and tear

Spanish Central: Translation of wear and tear

Nglish: Translation of wear and tear for Spanish Speakers

Comments on wear and tear

What made you want to look up wear and tear? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a period when something is suspended

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!