worn (adj.) c.1500, from adj. use of pp. of wear, from O.E. geworen (see WEAR (Cf. wear)). Worn-out "exhausted by use" is attested from 1610s in reference to things, c.1700 in reference to persons.

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  • Worn — Worn, p. p. of {Wear}. [1913 Webster] {Worn land}, land that has become exhausted by tillage, or which for any reason has lost its fertility. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worn — / worn out [adj] used, tired beat, burned out*, bushed*, busted*, clichéd, consumed, depleted, destroyed, deteriorated, drained, drawn, effete, exhausted, fatigued, frayed, gone, hackneyed, had it*, haggard, jaded, kaput*, knocked out*, old, out… …   New thesaurus

  • worn — [wôrn] vt., vi. pp. of WEAR1 adj. 1. showing the effects of use, wear, etc. 2. damaged by use or wear 3. showing the effects of worry or anxiety …   English World dictionary

  • worn — index dilapidated, old, trite, unsound (not strong) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • worn — *haggard, careworn, pinched, wasted, cadaverous Analogous words: exhausted, tired, wearied, fatigued, fagged, jaded (see TIRE vb): gaunt, scrawny, skinny, *lean Contrasted words: refreshed, restored, rejuvenated (see RENEW): *vigorous, lusty,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • worn — past participle of WEAR(Cf. ↑wearer). ► ADJECTIVE 1) suffering from wear. 2) very tired …   English terms dictionary

  • worn — Synonyms and related words: abated, ablated, ablative, attenuated, ausgespielt, back number, banal, bare, bated, belittled, bewhiskered, biodegradable, bromidic, burned out, careworn, common, commonplace, consumed, contracted, corny, corrosive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • worn — [[t]wɔ͟ː(r)n[/t]] 1) Worn is the past participle of wear. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Worn is used to describe something that is damaged or thin because it is old and has been used a lot. Worn rugs increase the danger of tripping... Most of the trek …   English dictionary

  • worn — worn1 [wo:n US wo:rn] the past participle of ↑wear 1 worn 2 worn2 adj 1.) a worn object is old and damaged, especially because it has been used a lot ▪ a worn patch on the carpet ▪ well worn stone steps 2.) someone who looks worn seems tired …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • worn — worn1 [ wɔrn ] adjective 1. ) something that is worn looks old and damaged because it has been used a lot: a pair of worn blue jeans 2. ) looking tired and old: His lined face looked worn and sad. worn worn 2 the past participle of wear1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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