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

  • adj. Worn or used until no longer usable or effective.
  • adj. Thoroughly exhausted; spent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Damaged due to hard or continued use or exposure until no longer useful or effective.
  • adj. Exhausted or fatigued from exertion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consumed, or rendered useless, by wearing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • So much injured by wear as to be unfit for use: as, a worn-out coat or hat.
  • Wearied; exhausted, as with toil.
  • Past; gone; removed; departed.

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

  • adj. drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted
  • adj. drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted
  • adj. used until no longer useful


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  • As we were in line paying our bill, a blue eyed semi-smiling guy mid to elderly, with a frumpy, well worn-out straw hat in a tattered, well worn-out washed away white long john top, and wearing scruffy jeans, heard us and volunteered to help by introducing us to someone who could complete the tour task at hand.

    Patzcuaro Bonito!

  • What Charter 08 and Mr. Liu are saying is, "No, 'China' can be something different, something better than a worn-out, old-style authoritarian government."

    A Nobel Vision of a Better China

  • But joyous children (and their dogs) are everywhere: tearing through the maze of alleys, clomping through puddles, singing with delight in their cheap, tidy school clothes in their cement (again treeless) schoolyards, and playing in grimy streets under the watchful eyes of worn-out mothers who sit on their well-scrubbed front steps in their threadbare frocks.

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  • The only thing remotely special about today, the only possible beauty in these boring, worn-out ceremonies, lies in whatever personal message is received by each one of us, as unique individuals.

    The Dark Side of Innocence

  • Remember, worn-out oil doesn't necessarily look dirty.

    Me & My Car

  • He said it is true that Kinshasa has roads and fewer problems, but he maintains the registration kits are old and worn-out, the election staff are not trained, and policemen are asking for bribes from people.

    Congo Opposition Calls for Extended Voter Registration

  • And that indefatigable blogger has gone further to theorize about how such hats were created: It appears that the first people to wear the original 'Jughead'-styled caps were auto mechanics, welders and other workmen who found they could get the same' safety 'function of a factory worker's beanie by altering an old worn-out fedora.

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  • "It is grounded in the same worn-out philosophy: cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, cut the rules for Wall Street and the special interests, and cut the middle class loose to fend for itself," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.

    Obama: GOP's 'Pledge for America' rehashes ideas that led to economic downturn

  • In his weekly address Saturday, Mr. Obama said the Republicans '"Pledge to America" plan has worn-out ideas, including tax cuts for the richest Americans and loosening regulations for Wall Street and special interests.

    Obama Criticizes Republicans 'Pledge to America'

  • They'll have lots of recent publications from a series, but haven't replaced the worn-out and lost copies from the foundation of the series.

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