from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Bored through or gnawed by worms.
- adj. Decayed; rotten.
- adj. Antiquated; decrepit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Eaten by worms, especially having a worm inside.
- adj. Rotten or decrepit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Eaten, or eaten into, by a worm or by worms.
- adj. Worn-out; old; worthless.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Eaten into by a worm; gnawed, bored, or perforated by worms of any kind; abounding in wormholes; wormy: as, worm-eaten timber, fabrics, fruit.
- Old, worn-out, or worthless, as if eaten by worms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The third worm-eaten plank is Obama's undivided support of the American labor unions.
Aura looks out her window for a sign of her brother but sees only a caterpillar inching its way along the worm-eaten frame.
When he hits the boards, they're so worm-eaten that they break and he keeps going down into the basement.
Since I'm looking for something dimensional and realistic, involving flora and fauna (basically, if it works out, I might eventually wind up with a partial sleeve of leaf litter and tiny animals -- newts and spiders and snails and daddy longlegses and toads and so forth -- but I'm starting off with a slightly worm-eaten maple leaf and a curious spider on my left wrist) I wanted somebody whose style was sort of Audobon-esque.
I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself -- such as that old, worm-eaten chestnut that I have represented myself as indispensable.
Catherine held the mask up so that Park could get a better look at its worm-eaten features, previously seen in close-up on the infamous zombie sex tape.
In the centre of this room there was an upright beam, which had been placed at some period as a support for the old, worm-eaten balk of timber which spanned the roof.
The boards round and the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building of the house.
The costs of operation, maintenance, capital improvements and repair costs of these antiquated worm-eaten facilities, if properly assessed, would make them far more expensive to run than natural gas plants.
Your Feithian gimmick of aggregating the middle choice ( "About right") with your preferred response ( "Not far enough") renders one of those worm-eaten.
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