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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lending money to family and friends is a timeworn tradition--one that probably has worn out more relationships than it has helped.
  • Fatigue is often described as feeling worn out or exhausted.
  • But those aviators are worn out from non-stop drone-piloting duty.
  • Most of the workers are now worn out, unemployed, living on welfare.
  • Instead they ignore its existence and leave the already worried and worn out family in the dark searching for answers on our own.
  • When the batteries are worn out, the lithium is still there, and can be recycled into new batteries.
  • Natural areas are being overmanaged and exotic species is a worn out reason to keep doing it.
  • worn out physically he may have been, but his deposition is feisty and opinionated.
  • If the parent's cellular components have not worn out, it refuels itself as well.
  • But she was worn out and refused further cardiac surgery.
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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