Definition of careworn in US English:



  • Tired and unhappy because of prolonged worry.

    ‘a careworn expression’
    • ‘His poor mother had once been an exciting happy woman, but the years without her husband had deprived her of those lovely qualities, leaving her sad and careworn at age 39.’
    • ‘In my eight months away she'd become careworn, picking nervously at her fingers as she spoke, palpably lacking the confidence she once had.’
    • ‘Michael's grumpy, careworn mother, an uprooted representative of the old immigrant Baltimore, lives out her days with them and adds to the friction.’
    • ‘I looked to the captain, who appeared young, careworn yet handsome in his uniform, and tired.’
    • ‘As the male voice completed its speech, she slowly shifted herself around to face a gentleman of medium height who had a smiling, benign countenance on his careworn features.’
    • ‘Genta is careworn, beaten down by life, and no longer naïve enough to believe in Bushido, but he's not cynical.’
    • ‘The careworn look that Anil wore during the eight months of bitter battle had faded, and he was almost his usual self - brash, natty, and cheerful.’
    • ‘However tired and careworn he looks - and he now mostly looks both - he performs well.’
    • ‘Finding the ideal relationship is still Zedek's primary lyrical focus, and her emotively careworn voice remains the strongest aspect of her music.’
    • ‘All the wealthy people were away for the weekend, and the rest of us hung around looking a little dishevelled and careworn.’
    • ‘I am taken into another room and a careworn man in a reassuringly green smock and matching trousers comes in to inspect the thigh.’
    • ‘Yes, I recognised a large percentage of the faces in the crowd as my former classmates, a little more careworn now than in junior high.’
    • ‘As they approached, he noticed their anxious yet hopeful eyes in careworn faces.’
    • ‘They spoke in a careworn fashion that made me give up hope that music and art might make a difference to anything.’
    • ‘His dark hair was greying and his face was careworn and weary.’
    • ‘This at least was Mara's voice, warm and careworn.’
    • ‘Beside her stood a crowned man with grey hair, his face careworn.’
    • ‘Younger and wirier than his charge, talking a mile a minute and singing during his chores, he nonetheless shows a careworn, weary face, and he drinks on the sly.’
    • ‘His hair was white, but he seemed so full of life beneath his rough, careworn exterior.’
    • ‘Stoical, careworn Paul looks after her and his younger brother.’
    worried, anxious, harassed, strained, stressed, under pressure, overburdened
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