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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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Examples from the web for worn-out
  • He dresses in his father's shooting tweeds or worn-out corduroy trousers and tired cashmere sweaters.
  • Bach is medicine to the exhausted spirit and worn-out body.
  • Many of our tissues are continually jettisoning old, worn-out cells and replacing them with freshly minted ones.
  • Frankly, my worn-out lecture notes don't help me understand today's newscasts.
  • These are on hand to provide replacements for worn-out cells in the tissue in question.
  • City officials proposed to replace worn-out boardwalk stretches with concrete causeway slabs.
  • Bilirubin is produced when the liver breaks down worn-out red blood cells.
  • Visually inspects tools or measures with micrometer for wear or defects and reports damaged or worn-out equipment to superiors.
  • The top is often made of pieces of cloth left over from making clothing or cut from old, worn-out clothes.
British Dictionary definitions for worn-out


adjective (worn out when postpositive)
worn or used until threadbare, valueless, or useless
exhausted; very weary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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