Definitions

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

  • adjective Affected or damaged by wear or use.
  • adjective Showing the wearing effects of overwork, worry, or suffering.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • p. p. of wear.
  • land that has become exhausted by tillage, or which for any reason has lost its fertility.

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

  • verb Past participle of wear

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, past participle of weren, to wear; see wear.]

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Old English geworen

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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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