: exhausted or used up by or as if by wear

Examples of worn-out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Financial viability is actually a very tired and worn-out excuse. Hari Srinivasan, Fortune, 27 July 2023 Say goodbye to flimsy and worn-out dog beds, and hello to the PUPPBUDD luxury dog beds! Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2023 The days are longer, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and our winter uniforms of cozy but worn-out sweats and athleisure are begging to be retired for the new season. Talene Appleton, Men's Health, 21 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of worn-out was in the 15th century

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“Worn-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worn-out. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: useless from long or hard wear
worn-out skates
: very weary
worn-out shoppers

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