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

  • adj. Tarnished, frayed, faded, or otherwise defective from being on display in a store.
  • adj. Worn-out, as from overuse; trite: shopworn anecdotes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. used, as a sample item in a retail store
  • adj. not fresh; tired or cliché
  • adj. faded

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat worn or damaged by having been kept for a time in a shop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat worn or defaced by the handling received in a shop or store, or by exposure outside a shop.

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

  • adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  • adj. worn or faded from being on display in a store


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