Definition of shopworn in English:



North american
  • (of an article) made dirty or imperfect by being displayed or handled in a store.

    ‘he brought out some shopworn lettuce’
    figurative ‘he appraised his brown but slightly shopworn body in the mirror’
    • ‘The author is convinced that the officers should be taught to think originally, to reject shopworn patterns and approaches, and to avoid bureaucratic quagmire.’
    • ‘Photographs taken in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1993 reflect Lawton's palpable empathy for his shopworn subjects, two years after the breakup of the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘His bag of tricks is so small, and so shopworn, it's almost as if he's writing the same column every week.’
    • ‘Where Intolerable Cruelty is stylized and fun, Laws of Attraction is shopworn and flat.’
    • ‘The rhetoric that accompanies high-minded discussions of the deficit has grown shopworn.’
    • ‘As she observes, that shopworn notion has been complicated into near oblivion by artists responding to new social realities in the People's Republic.’
    • ‘But when they reached for substance, they tended to brandish shopworn proposals targeted at narrow and increasingly elderly groups of voters.’
    • ‘Moving away from the shopworn rhetoric of the 1930s and creating an agenda and program relevant to today's work force will do more to add to union membership rolls than new laws, Johnson said.’
    • ‘What I found was just another recycling of all the shopworn thriller clichés and ‘hostile alien’ stereotypes that permeate the studios.’
    • ‘Now almost a decade old, Jay's brash brand of rap has become shopworn.’
    • ‘The town itself is a wonderful example of a lived-in, somewhat shopworn, urban relic.’
    • ‘Over and over, he would take over a shopworn company, install new managers, build it up, list it on the stock market, and make stacks of money for himself and his investors.’
    • ‘The problem with revenge stories is that they're a staple of American cinema and because of that, the genre is a little shopworn.’
    • ‘Yet in Iowa over the last few days, he has begun to appear more shopworn than stirring.’
    • ‘Those shopworn clichés that had been repeated day in and day out had no place in this celebration.’
    • ‘These strategies, I would argue, are entirely familiar and slightly shopworn.’
    • ‘They had been effective last week, but were suddenly shopworn.’
    • ‘His drama uses the skeleton of a shopworn story to say very little about love and a lot about a rarely documented locale.’
    • ‘Already shopworn by 1966, the Munich analogy never dies.’
    • ‘But how often do they look closely at every shopworn assessment, and how often do they challenge every bit of published analysis?’