Definition of worn in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɔːn/


past participle of wear1.


1Damaged and shabby as a result of much use: his knees were encased in worn plus fours
More example sentences
  • Seeing only her face, not her threadbare coat, nor her worn shoes, he drew her back into his arms.
  • Off to the side, a man with a worn brown blazer and wild hair turns in slow circles and drums in the air.
  • There is also a worn bearing in the gear-box, audible to my mechanic, but not yet critical.
shabby, well worn, worn out, worn to shreds, threadbare, tattered, in tatters, in ribbons, in rags, in holes, holey, falling to pieces, falling apart at the seams, ragged, frayed, patched, moth-eaten, faded, seedy, shoddy, sorry, scruffy, dilapidated, crumbling, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, decrepit, deteriorated, on its last legs, having seen better days, time-worn
informal tatty, ratty, the worse for wear, clapped out
British informal grotty
North American informal raggedy, raggedy-ass
Australian/New Zealand informal warby
literary rent
2Very tired: his face looked worn and old
More example sentences
  • The worn expression on her face and her tired eyes touched him, and he felt a sense of injustice.
  • He took her hand with his own and hoisted his old body to its feet with a worn smile.
  • Coming home in the early evening, we found ourselves tired and a little worn.

Words that rhyme with worn

adorn, born, borne, bourn, Braun, brawn, corn, dawn, drawn, faun, fawn, forborne, forewarn, forlorn, freeborn, lawn, lorn, morn, mourn, newborn, Norn, outworn, pawn, prawn, Quorn, sawn, scorn, Sean, shorn, spawn, suborn, sworn, thorn, thrawn, torn, Vaughan, warn, withdrawn, yawn

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