from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the nap worn down so that the filling or warp threads show through; frayed or shabby: threadbare rugs.
- adj. Wearing old, shabby clothing.
- adj. Overused to the point of being worn out; hackneyed: threadbare excuses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show
- adj. wearing clothes of threadbare material
- adj. banal or clichéd; trite or hackneyed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off; threadbare clothes.
- adj. Fig.: Worn out
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the thread bare; worn so that the nap is lost and the thread is visible, either wholly or in certain parts: said of a piece of textile fabric, as in a garment, or of the garment itself.
- Wearing threadbare clothes; shabby; seedy.
- Well-worn; much used; hence, hackneyed; trite: as, a threadbare jest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
- adj. having the nap worn away so that the threads show through
thread + bare (Wiktionary)