American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Showing signs of much wear or use.
- adj. Repeated too often; trite or hackneyed.
- adj. Carried or worn in a becoming manner: well-worn fame.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Much affected by wear or use: hence, familiar from frequent repetition; worn threadbare.
- Properly or becomingly worn; suitably borne or maintained.
- adj. showing signs of wear because of extensive use
- adj. by extension trite or hackneyed; repeated too often
- adj. showing signs of much wear or use
- adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
“He referred to the well-worn trail to our outhouse.”
“Microsoft's blog post refers to a well-worn dispute between Google and book publishers in the U.S. over access to digitized books.”
“Warrenton, Va., decorator Barry Dixon's drawing room possesses the well-worn elegance of a Venetian palazzo.”
“I'm sure you have sensitive infra-spectrum machines that can determine minute differences in body weight, distribution, height, hair color, number of tooth extractions, simply from the tread of a well-worn work boot.”
“So, okay, he must have left sometime after 1100 hours G.M.T. but before 1145 hours G.M.T., at almost exactly which time I returned to the cabin and brushed as well as I could all the particles of snow still clinging to my wool jacket and gloves and knitted ski cap, sea-green, and my blue jeans and rugged, well-worn work boots.”
“So then a man of roughly my build wearing roughly my clothes, except without well-worn work boots on his feet but standing — and this was such a curious detail several people noticed — in his socks, shoeless, and his socks were thick plaid socks of the type I have previously described as belonging to me, produced a shotgun and cut down Routledge Ruut with three precisely-aimed blasts, in the back.”
“I think a well-worn Brad Pitt or Clooney would be a fabulous fit as the lead male, who is very middle-aged, earnest, kind, and intrepid, but a newcomer as Lisbeth would be the perfect balance.”
““Another bland assortment of well-worn archetypes in another uninspired, crappy-looking Dreamworks picture.””
“I can only imagine the older, wiser Claudio Fragasso — the director of Troll 2 — lurking in the shadows in a well-worn wifebeater, calmly drinking a 40, as all of these young “best worst gangsters” step to the scene.”
“Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary's life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator.”
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