Definition of worn out in English:

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worn out

Pronunciation: /ˌwôrnˈout/


1(Of a person or animal) extremely tired; exhausted: you look worn out
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  • He appeared to be older than he actually was, gaunt and tired, worn-out and thin.
  • Instead he comes across looking like a lazy, tired, worn-out Premier.
  • Saying yes to everyone only makes you tired and worn-out.
exhausted, fatigued, tired (out), weary, drained, worn, drawn, wan, sapped, spent, burned out;
careworn, haggard, hollow-eyed, pale, peaked
informal all in, done in, dog-tired, dead beat, fit to drop, pooped, tuckered out
2Damaged or shabby to the point of being no longer usable: worn-out shoes
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  • At the same time, the older, worn-out tools further damaged what little agriculture was on.
  • Gabrielle works at nights washing car windows, and owns nothing but a pair of jeans, a couple of jumpers, a hat and a pair of worn-out shoes.
  • At a party, I met Todd, another solo walker, and we were soon comparing the worn-out soles of our shoes.
2.1(Of an idea, method, or system) used so often or existing for so long as to be considered valueless: he portrayed the Democrats as the party of worn-out ideas
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  • Last year's turbulence could also be seen as the rubric forces of the cosmic dance of Kali, crushing beneath her feet all that had to go - the baggage of the past, the worn-out belief systems and prejudices.
  • ‘The industry's present state is due to its old and worn-out ideas,’ he says.
  • On her view, such integration would help both architects and philosophers think of space in dynamic and creative, rather than static and worn-out ways.
obsolete, antiquated, stale, hackneyed, trite, tired, old, hoary, overused, overworked, clichéd, unoriginal, commonplace, pedestrian, prosaic, stock, conventional;

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