- 1(Of cloth, clothing, or soft furnishings) becoming thin and tattered with age: tatty rooms with threadbare carpetsMore example sentences
worn, well worn, old, thin, worn out, holey, moth-eaten, mangy, ragged, frayed, tattered, battered; decrepit, shabby, scruffy, unkempt; having seen better days, falling apart at the seams, in shreds, in tatters, falling to piecesAustralian • informal warby• rare out at elbows
- He was issued with a thin mat and a threadbare blanket and taken to the cell block.
- The wind was bitter against his bare legs and feet, and it tore straight through his threadbare clothing.
- I had two dresses, one nightgown, three pair of undergarments and a thin, threadbare cloak.
- 1.1(Of a person, building, or room) poor or shabby in appearance: we huddle round a cassette deck in a threadbare rehearsal roomMore example sentences
- My room is pretty threadbare right now, but Rebecca promised that tomorrow we will go buy furniture for me.
- As I raced back to the threadbare offices, where we tapped out stories on half-sheets of paper hunched over manual typewriters, my adrenaline was pumping.
- Bangkok has dozens of rather dreary, threadbare hotels in the £10 - £30 range, while below and above that you can really get good value.
- 1.2(Of an argument, excuse, idea, etc.) used so often that it is no longer effective: the song was a tissue of threadbare clichésMore example sentences
- Hanford Burr's "Around the Fire" stories never grow old or threadbare.
- Initially, capitalist market conditions were introduced into Russia under a somewhat threadbare banner of " democracy ".
- Unfortunately, the Cole royal commission may also end up the perfect mechanism for destroying the already threadbare authority of royal commissions.