from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking color or intensity; faded.
- adj. Exhausted or tired-looking.
- adj. Having dropped a project or an enterprise or having been dropped from one: a washed-out officer candidate.
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- adj. lacking colour, as if faded
- adj. tired, jaded and lacking animation
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted
- adj. having lost freshness or brilliance of color
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In my uncle's diary of symptoms, light is described as washed-out moon color.
You should stop wearing ratty, washed-out colors like gray and brown.
He's wearing washed-out jeans and his big brother's green Trees R US tee.
The economic damage wrought by Hurricane Irene—everything from washed-out roads to lost hotel bookings—could hit $12 billion or more.
Vyto Starinskas/The Rutland Herald/Associated Press People took photos of a washed-out section of Route 7 south of Rutland, Vt., Monday.
It will take more than a washed-out holiday weekend to put a smile back on the faces of European farmers—and policy makers.
The washed-out, dainty women of the court flap and flutter and follow a set of unseen rules: who takes precedence over whom, when to sit, when to stand, how low to curtsey—endless.
Many more families remained isolated by washed-out roads and bridges.
The washed-out colors almost suggest the faded stock on which "Carlos" was shot, as if the whole town were part of some 1970s blandscape.
I actually love the pattern and shape of this, but I realize that you'd have to have dark skin in order not to look washed-out.