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[wawrn-out, wohrn-] /ˈwɔrnˈaʊt, ˈwoʊrn-/
worn or used beyond repair.
depleted of energy, strength, or enthusiasm; exhausted; fatigued.
Origin of worn-out
1585-95 Unabridged
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  • Finally, worn out by his fruitless exertions, he fell asleep.

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • But they were an old race, and they were worn out by centuries of hard work.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The system is worn out when it should be ready to do its best work.

    Health, Happiness, and Longevity Louis Philippe McCarty
  • I was asleep, worn out by three days and nights of wild storms.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • When he reached Chamonix the next day he was so worn out that he slept twenty-four hours at a stretch.

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole
British Dictionary definitions for worn out


adjective (worn out when postpositive)
worn or used until threadbare, valueless, or useless
exhausted; very weary
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Idioms and Phrases with worn out

worn out

see: wear out
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