: made trite by overuse : hackneyed
a well-worn quotation
: having been much used or worn
well-worn shoes
archaic : worn well or properly

Examples of well-worn in a Sentence

people at the funeral offered the grieving family well-worn platitudes and expressions of sympathy
Recent Examples on the Web After the Renaissance and Impressionism, maybe the most well-worn. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 So, of course, this means Christina Aguilera could not possibly continue on this now well-worn — albeit still undeniably chic — path. Marci Robin, Allure, 5 Feb. 2024 The story of Peter and Harry’s tense friendship is not nearly as well-worn as the deaths of Peter’s Uncle Ben or Batman’s parents. Gene Park, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 He’s spoken about his experience working at Twitter on This American Life and in op-eds for the New York Times, so a lot of his interview was well-worn. Bykylie Robison, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2023 There are residential school tropes that are well-worn. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Aug. 2023 The witness-interview format, now well-worn, was still new in 1969. The New Republic, 22 June 2023 The story behind Busboys and Poets is well-worn by now: artist and entrepreneur Andy Shallal founded the restaurant/bookstore in 2005 in Washington, D.C., creating a space for creatives and the community to gather for poetry slams, open mic nights and book discussions. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 12 Apr. 2023 Many of the discussion topics are well-worn at this point: the status of their visa cases, when they’ll be reunited with family members left in Afghanistan. Go around the circle, and every man will speak with anguish and urgency about visas and family reunification. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-worn was in 1577

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“Well-worn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-worn. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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