Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past participle of wear.
  • adj. Affected by wear or use.
  • adj. Impaired or damaged by wear or use: the worn pockets on a jacket.
  • adj. Showing the wearing effects of overwork, care, worry, or suffering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Past participle of wear

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of wear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Impaired or otherwise affected by wear or use.
  • Spent; passed.
  • Wearied; exhausted; showing signs of care, illness, fatigue, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  • adj. affected by wear; damaged by long use

Etymologies

Middle English, past participle of weren, to wear; see wear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English geworen (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I mind one super-tunic she gave me, but half worn, "-- this was said impressively, for a garment only _half worn_ was considered a fit gift from one peeress to another --" of blue damask, all set with silver buttons, and broidered with ladies 'heads along the border.

    A Forgotten Hero Not for Him

  • II. iv.35 (184,7) [lost and worn] Though _lost and worn_ may means _lost and worn out_, yet _lost and won_ being, I think, better, these two words coming usually and naturally together, and the alteration being very slight, I would so read in this place with Sir Tho.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • SNOW (voice-over): Independence in a state that lives by the motto "Live free or die" is not a label worn lightly.

    CNN Transcript Jul 3, 2007

  • Blue canvas shoes stirred up small puffs of soil, their toes threadbare and worn from the years of kicking the earth.

    Possum Woman

  • We need to do for the 21st century what FDR did for the twentieth -- invest in worn-out highways, our frail electrical grid, our public transit, brittle bridges, and water supplies.

    Job Creation Idea No. 8: Time For A New WPA

  • For whatever the reason, diabetes, heart, stroke, or plain worn out bones.

    Taking Time

  • In a hoarse voice worn from the busiest campaign since his election, President Barack Obama warned an estimated crowd of 35,000 on Ohio State's campus tonight that Wall Street values will govern the country if Republicans regain power in the upcoming mid-term election.

    Obama Stumps To Estimated 35,000 At Ohio State

  • In a hoarse voice worn from the busiest campaign since his election, President Barack Obama warned an estimated crowd of 35,000 on Ohio State's campus ...

    Obama Stumps To Estimated 35,000 At Ohio State

  • In a hoarse voice worn from the busiest campaign since his election, President Barack Obama warned an estimated crowd of 35,000 on Ohio State

    Obama Stumps To Estimated 35,000 At Ohio State

  • In other words, Braun is suggesting that the form of wearing the diaconal stole that we are so familiar with today -- on an angle, worn from the left shoulder to the right hip -- is actually a result (and now the only remnant) of the tradition of the folded chasuble when the stole was wound up with the folded chasuble in that manner.

    Use, History and Development of the "Planeta Plicata" or Folded Chasuble

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