Definition of lived-in in US English:

lived-in

adjective

  • 1(of a room or building) showing comforting signs of wear and habitation.

    • ‘One such episode found the family in their lived-in room reflecting black.’
    • ‘Yet it lacked the usual dust in the air, the homeliness and lived-in appearance his old lab had.’
    • ‘The entire family lives within the walls of a tiny apartment and the play takes place entirely in its worn out, lived-in living room.’
    • ‘Painted in a dark bordello-esque red, this cosy restaurant has a warm, welcoming and distinctly lived-in atmosphere.’
    • ‘The book has examples of homes with a lived-in, timeless appearance.’
    • ‘Everyone seems to have just shown up that morning - nothing about the landscape looks lived-in.’
    • ‘The bed, the desk, and the bookshelf were all in one half of the room, and that half was, by far, the most lived-in part of the room.’
    • ‘The spring room was much more lived-in than the winter room; the walls were painted mint green, and the accessories were flower-themed, just as the winter room was done up in snowflakes.’
    • ‘Mixing colours and materials and experimenting with painting techniques like sponging (dabbing colour onto walls with a sponge to give a lived-in look) can add new depth to your room's decor.’
    • ‘The lived-in space will be open to the public from this Saturday until Friday, April 30 from noon - 6pm.’
    • ‘I headed down to the basement, because that had been made into a room; it was the only room that looked lived-in in the whole house.’
    • ‘After you remodel, retest in the lowest lived-in area to make sure the construction did not reduce the effectiveness of the radon reduction system.’
    • ‘He does a great job on my shoes, and this is one of those shops that predates continental drift so it's a well-worn, lived-in place that smells great and is a treat to walk into.’
    • ‘Your friends will be green with envy when they see how you can make your home looked lived-in while you're away, create a romantic mood after a night on the town, even automate a morning or evening routine.’
    • ‘Life in the slums of south London is portrayed frankly and sympathetically, not merely as a parade of sordid details but as a real lived-in environment with its own joys and comforts alongside the more negative aspects.’
    • ‘It seems the best restaurants are the ones that feel like you're walking into someone's home - they have a worn, lived-in look about them, the decor is simple, maybe even cheap.’
    • ‘Internally, the house feels loved and lived-in.’
    • ‘It was otherwise noted that the apartment looked rather messy and lived-in, but they couldn't find any other people in it.’
    • ‘New windows, a brighter floral display and an external paint job have left the place fit for a queen, although the lived-in atmosphere inside has been left untouched.’
    • ‘Many grand houses feel slightly fusty, but this has a lived-in atmosphere.’
    inhabited, tenanted, settled
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    1. 1.1informal (of a person's face) marked by experience.
      • ‘But then again, I dare say my face could do with looking a little more lived-in at this stage of my life.’
      • ‘Perhaps that's why he has such a lived-in face, the sort you saw long ago on young First World War soldiers returning old from the trenches.’
      • ‘She has one of those knowing, lived-in faces, with which she achieves an inexhaustible expressivity both funny and endearing.’
      • ‘There was something about the hitcher's appearance - his tousled garb or lived-in features, perhaps - that scared the motorist and his companion off.’
      • ‘He remembered the old days of beer and sawdust, hard hands and lived-in faces.’
      • ‘His face has always had that lined and lived-in look, but as he sits sipping a glass of water in an Edinburgh hotel he has the luminescent glow of someone who keeps fit and healthy.’
      • ‘He is bullish about his views, and a forceful speaker for all of his 85 years, his lived-in face offering endless interest.’
      • ‘His middle-aged, lived-in face seems so right, I can't begin to imagine what he looked like in his 20s.’
      • ‘His sound is as warm and full of pathos as his lived-in face would suggest.’
      • ‘His dry humour and his lived-in face perfectly convey the hopelessness he feels as he tries to come to terms with his personal demons.’
      • ‘He's got a lived-in face and a diamond on his pinkie the size of the Ritz.’
      • ‘It's a great face, a lived-in face, a face that has seen some things.’

Pronunciation

lived-in

/ˈlɪvdɪn//ˈlivdin/