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[kair-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˈkɛərˌwɔrn, -ˌwoʊrn/
showing signs of care or worry; fatigued by trouble or anxiety; haggard:
a careworn old woman.
Origin of careworn
1820-30; care + worn Unabridged
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  • His countenance was careworn; and when he commenced his exordium, his voice was slightly cracked and tremulous.

    Patrick Henry Moses Coit Tyler
  • His clothes were travel stained, and he appeared haggard and careworn.

  • It was thin, however, and careworn, and wore an expression that seemed to be the result of long-continued suffering.

    The World of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • His face was thin and careworn, and his eyes had an uncertain, restless look in them.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Soon a face appeared upon the plate; the keen, but careworn face of Virgil Samms!

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • All could not help but notice that he looked a trifle pale and careworn.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • Stephen had looked haggard and careworn from the first, but as weeks passed on he seemed to get worse.

    Archie's Mistake G. E. Wyatt
  • From her deck disembarked a hundred and one careworn exiles.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • It is all quite right in after-years to be careworn and sad.

  • His father seemed older, much older; tired, careworn, worried.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for careworn


showing signs of care, stress, worry, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for careworn

1828, from care (n.) + worn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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