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moth-eaten

[mawth-eet-n, moth-] /ˈmɔθˌit n, ˈmɒθ-/
adjective
1.
eaten or damaged by or as if by the larvae of moths.
2.
decayed or worn out.
3.
out of fashion; antiquated.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
Related forms
unmoth-eaten, adjective
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  • The circle with the moth-eaten interior-the diverticular abscess-was unmistakable.
  • In a moth-eaten redingote long out of style, he dictates to me his latest, an ode.
British Dictionary definitions for moth-eaten

moth-eaten

adjective
1.
decayed, decrepit, or outdated
2.
eaten away by or as if by moths
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Slang definitions & phrases for moth-eaten

moth-eaten

adjective

Worn out by long or rough usage or by neglect: moth-eaten school (1550+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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