Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Eaten or burrowed into by worms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Eaten, or eaten into, by a worm or by worms.
  • adjective rare Worn-out; old; worthless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Eaten by worms, especially having a worm inside.
  • adjective by extension Rotten or decrepit.

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

  • adjective infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms

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Examples

  • 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.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shock Treatment

  • 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.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shock Treatment

  • 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 have updated my lj theme.

  • 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.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shock Treatment

  • I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself -- such as that old, worm-eaten chestnut that I have represented myself as indispensable.

    Lance Mannion:

  • When he hits the boards, they're so worm-eaten that they break and he keeps going down into the basement.

    Making Light: Open thread 137

  • The third worm-eaten plank is Obama's undivided support of the American labor unions.

    The President's Four Rotten Policy Planks

  • The third worm-eaten plank is Obama's undivided support of the American labor unions.

    The President's Four Rotten Policy Planks

  • Aura looks out her window for a sign of her brother but sees only a caterpillar inching its way along the worm-eaten frame.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself -- such as that old, worm-eaten chestnut that I have represented myself as indispensable.

    Nira meets Fala

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