Definition of threadbare in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈTHredber/


1(Of cloth, clothing, or soft furnishings) becoming thin and tattered with age: shabby rooms with threadbare carpets
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  • 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.
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, falling to pieces, tatty, ratty, the worse for wear, raggedy, dog-eared
informal raggedy-ass
1.1(Of a person, building, or room) poor or shabby in appearance.
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 clichés
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  • 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.

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Syllabification: thread·bare

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