Definition of shopworn in English:

shopworn

adjective

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’
    • ‘Already shopworn by 1966, the Munich analogy never dies.’
    • ‘The rhetoric that accompanies high-minded discussions of the deficit has grown shopworn.’
    • ‘They had been effective last week, but were suddenly shopworn.’
    • ‘What I found was just another recycling of all the shopworn thriller clichés and ‘hostile alien’ stereotypes that permeate the studios.’
    • ‘Where Intolerable Cruelty is stylized and fun, Laws of Attraction is shopworn and flat.’
    • ‘His drama uses the skeleton of a shopworn story to say very little about love and a lot about a rarely documented locale.’
    • ‘The problem with revenge stories is that they're a staple of American cinema and because of that, the genre is a little shopworn.’
    • ‘But when they reached for substance, they tended to brandish shopworn proposals targeted at narrow and increasingly elderly groups of voters.’
    • ‘The author is convinced that the officers should be taught to think originally, to reject shopworn patterns and approaches, and to avoid bureaucratic quagmire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As she observes, that shopworn notion has been complicated into near oblivion by artists responding to new social realities in the People's Republic.’
    • ‘Those shopworn clichés that had been repeated day in and day out had no place in this celebration.’
    • ‘Yet in Iowa over the last few days, he has begun to appear more shopworn than stirring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His bag of tricks is so small, and so shopworn, it's almost as if he's writing the same column every week.’
    • ‘These strategies, I would argue, are entirely familiar and slightly shopworn.’
    • ‘The town itself is a wonderful example of a lived-in, somewhat shopworn, urban relic.’
    • ‘Now almost a decade old, Jay's brash brand of rap has become shopworn.’
    • ‘But how often do they look closely at every shopworn assessment, and how often do they challenge every bit of published analysis?’

Pronunciation:

shopworn

/ˈSHäpˌwôrn/