Definition of moth-eaten in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmôTHˌētn/


1Damaged or destroyed by moths.
Example sentences
  • Inside, I would probably find nothing of interest: maybe some moth-eaten old clothes and someone's forgotten junk.
  • The musty, moth-eaten curtains, once a grand crimson, were now dull brown and drooping listlessly.
  • He covered her with the moth-eaten blankets and the stale smell of the room clung to the walls and to her.
1.1Old-fashioned and no longer appropriate or useful.
Example sentences
  • If you enter any big library, in one corner of it, some age-worn, moth-eaten books may greet you.
  • There was a shoddy wooden control tower, with a moth-eaten windsock and several obsolete instruments on it.
  • In the Members Hall, the pictures of former Prime Ministers, Speakers and Presidents of the Senate have been taken down - but the real concern is over the moth-eaten Leader of the Opposition.
threadbare, worn (out), well worn, old, shabby, scruffy, tattered, ragged
informal tatty, the worse for wear, raggedy

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Syllabification: moth-eat·en

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