Definition of burned-out in US English:


(also burnt-out)


  • 1(of a vehicle or building) destroyed or badly damaged by fire; gutted.

    • ‘The shells of burned-out buildings, from government ministries to shopping malls, dot the skyline.’
    • ‘Then, on location for 1993's The Age of Innocence in Troy, New York, Scorsese ran across an 1896 photo of a burned-out building, hauntingly dripping with icicles.’
    • ‘The vast majority of the fires - 5,153-were due to burned-out vehicles.’
    • ‘A burned-out building is framed by a church and a truck, but it is too distant for a clear shot, and this is no place to hang around.’
    • ‘‘You are now witnessing the beginning of a great epoch in history,’ he proclaimed, standing in front of the burned-out building, surrounded by national media.’
    • ‘The city, a Los Angeles Times reporter wrote, is ‘a tableau of destroyed buildings, burned-out cars, battered mosques and piles of rubble’.’
    • ‘One Official IRA man was, however, nearby in a burned-out building opposite Richardson's factory.’
    • ‘Today the wait is over, Spanish Harlem's burned-out buildings are gold mines…’
    • ‘Eventually we arrive at a burned-out building in a clearing.’
    • ‘Forensic investigators were collecting evidence on the cause and spread of the fire from the burned-out factory ruin.’
    • ‘In a burned-out building down the road, water was sprayed on walls riddled with bullet holes in apparently the heaviest fighting Tuesday.’
    • ‘Here in Chicago I tend to cover breaking crime stories where the action is intense - grieving victims, burned-out buildings, angry neighbors.’
    • ‘One day the house went up in flames, but the cats kept returning to the burned-out building, slated for demolition.’
    • ‘Mogadishu is a town in ruin, damaged buildings, tin shanty shacks, piles of garbage and burned-out vehicles in the streets.’
    • ‘No one in their right mind would live here among the burned-out office buildings and development complexes.’
    • ‘Yesterday the authorities began to clear away the burned-out vehicles from around the tower blocks in Clichy-sous-Bois, but resentment smoulders.’
    • ‘They were still standing there yesterday, a macabre tableau of 19 wrecked and burned-out vehicles in the car park of the St Peter and St Paul Chaldean Catholic church.’
    • ‘Just two blocks away are burned-out buildings, trash-strewn alleys and rotting cars.’
    • ‘A consortium of seven expert organisations has spent a year examining the burned-out building to consider how it could be saved.’
    • ‘On this jumbotron, the Kings ran a series of images depicting Detroit as full of dilapidated, garbage-strewn buildings and burned-out cars.’
    1. 1.1 (of an electrical device or component) having failed through overheating.
      • ‘So we would like to provide training to young people to repair burned-out transformers.’
      • ‘What could be wrong besides a burned-out fuse if power windows and power locks on all four doors don't work on a 1996 Cherokee Classic?’
      • ‘I agree with you that it is probably a partially burned-out motor that has lost some of its torque.’
    2. 1.2 (of a person) in a state of physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.
      ‘she felt burned out, an empty shell’
      ‘a burned-out undercover cop’
      • ‘There's also a burned-out cop, Karl Rolvaag, dying to return to Minnesota.’
      • ‘Brosnan was nominated for best actor in a movie, musical or comedy, for his role as a burned-out hitman in The Matador, while Corkman Cillian Murphy won his nod for his part as a cross-dressing Irishman in Breakfast on Pluto.’
      • ‘Did you ever feel burned-out from skating and if so, how did you handle it?’
      • ‘And if there's one thing that came across in GQ's profile of a burned-out Powell last year, it's that he knows how to send a message to the press through his friends and subordinates.’
      • ‘Britain's burned-out workers could do with some French lessons.’
      • ‘With a slowing economy, burned-out workers, and an escalating energy crisis, how can a company make sure its investments in office space, technology, and work force are wisely spent?’
      • ‘I was burned-out on mass market fiction, and starting to enjoy more and more the richer characterizations and more realistic plotting of so-called literary fiction.’
      • ‘The 1966 competition also provides a fascinating comment on the claim, advanced by Sven Goran Eriksson, that European players were simply burned-out by the time they got to the Far East because of the number of games they had played.’
      • ‘I felt a bit like some burned-out musician dragged from the tour bus and propped in front of a mike, staring at the playlist and trying to remember how the chords went.’
      • ‘When these burned-out voters do get home, about four-fifths them will read only the headlines in your direct mail and nothing else.’
      • ‘That decade took its toll on Jan and, burned-out and disillusioned by the pop business, he dropped out.’
      • ‘He plucked Jackson from the CBA ranks, adding him to Doug Collins' Bulls staff, then took a big risk in replacing the burned-out Collins with PJ, a move even Jordan did not endorse.’
      • ‘You play the role of Aronos Schuler, once a young Bishop in Moscow and the descendant of a 12th century German monk, now a burned-out loner who doesn't even believe in a god any more.’
    3. 1.3informal (of a teenager or other person) having dropped out; drug-using.
      • ‘Or they have burned out on alcohol and drugs.’
      • ‘Needles spent from heroin injection litter the streets, left to the unwitting hands of preadolescent children; burned-out teenagers lurk in projects.’
      • ‘I was burned out with school, burned out on drugs.’



/bərnd aʊt//bərnd out/