Definition of threadbare in English:

threadbare

adjective

  • 1(of cloth, clothing, or soft furnishings) becoming thin and tattered with age.

    ‘shabby rooms with threadbare carpets’
    • ‘Surprisingly, it is a greatly-crafted piece, but due to the formula being recycled continuously since its original appearance, the messages are now somewhat threadbare, causing the play to lose its potency.’
    • ‘The bed had a thick straw pallet for mattress, and the sheets were threadbare and grubby, but they had slept on worse.’
    • ‘He frequently appeared in a threadbare and ragged cloak.’
    • ‘Both our little beds are a mishmash of sheets and blankets and threadbare pillows and the floor is covered in our old sports trophies and other such junk.’
    • ‘She stopped, then slowly walked over to stand in the middle of the large, round room, looking down at the threadbare rug.’
    • ‘The bedding was threadbare, but freshly laundered and the floor appeared to have been fitted with a new carpet.’
    • ‘Christian conservatism and hysterical anti-communism formed the parties' threadbare ideological framework and served to counterbalance various interests.’
    • ‘Much more needs to be done if the already rickety and threadbare credibility of the Church is ever going to be restored.’
    • ‘He was issued with a thin mat and a threadbare blanket and taken to the cell block.’
    • ‘The wind was bitter against his bare legs and feet, and it tore straight through his threadbare clothing.’
    • ‘She wrapped her inadequate, threadbare cape more securely around herself and pulled the hood down a little more to keep out the biting wind.’
    • ‘The tables were chipped, the carpet is threadbare, the seats have lost all their padding and comfort.’
    • ‘But his eyes were still bright, and his threadbare old khaki police uniform shirt still bore his many medals.’
    • ‘Their great old houses overflow with rough medieval furniture, threadbare tapestries and religious relics worn smooth by the touch of generations.’
    • ‘The cap is certainly too threadbare to be a public appearance prop.’
    • ‘The threadbare carpets were covered by cheap rugs.’
    • ‘I had two dresses, one nightgown, three pair of undergarments and a thin, threadbare cloak.’
    • ‘It has high filigreed ceilings and threadbare carpet, a winding native wood staircase, cracked stained glass.’
    • ‘Underneath were pictures of dockers' children in threadbare clothes.’
    • ‘The grey carpets were threadbare and the furniture was falling apart.’
    worn, well worn, old, thin, worn out, holey, moth-eaten, mangy, ragged, frayed, tattered, battered
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    1. 1.1(of a person, building, or room) poor or shabby in appearance.
      • ‘Once healthy, rich and famous, he now lives in a threadbare apartment, forced to sell his sporting trophies to feed his drug habit.’
      • ‘There is nothing grim or threadbare about either the building nor the attitude.’
      • ‘My room is pretty threadbare right now, but Rebecca promised that tomorrow we will go buy furniture for me.’
      • ‘Bangkok has dozens of rather dreary, threadbare hotels in the £10 - £30 range, while below and above that you can really get good value.’
      • ‘The film is set in a threadbare Australian ski resort at the fag-end of winter, well past the postcard stage.’
      • ‘But the room wasn't sad and threadbare, it was full of people.’
      • ‘His friends treated his threadbare bachelor apartment as a virtual drop-in centre.’
      • ‘You can rent rustic cabins with great views; while some are a bit threadbare, they are all charming.’
      • ‘As I raced back to the threadbare offices, where we tapped out stories on half-sheets of paper hunched over manual typewriters, my adrenaline was pumping.’
      • ‘Raised in Cardonald, Glasgow, Mullan and his seven siblings were working class misfits in a grand but threadbare rented house.’
      • ‘Sorry, but even in summer it feels a bit chilly there, like a threadbare university club that only charter members find cozy.’
    2. 1.2(of an argument, excuse, idea, etc.) used so often that it is no longer effective.
      ‘the song was a tissue of threadbare clichés’
      • ‘What we're left with is a threadbare story and a child who won't stop singing At the top of her voice All the time.’
      • ‘I have spoken to three QCs involved in the hearings, and one has stated that he found some key pieces of evidence threadbare of credibility.’
      • ‘The allegations against Wahid were always threadbare pretexts for his removal from office.’
      • ‘Hanford Burr's "Around the Fire" stories never grow old or threadbare.’
      • ‘His threadbare case further exposed the shabby deal.’
      • ‘The credibility of two of the leading actors of American monetary policy today is somewhat threadbare, to say the least.’
      • ‘Devoid of Shane Julian and with Paul McDonald placed at midfield their defence was threadbare.’
      • ‘The pose of disbelief is all the more threadbare given the facts on the ground in Iraq after more than three months of US military occupation.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the Cole royal commission may also end up the perfect mechanism for destroying the already threadbare authority of royal commissions.’
      • ‘The clever, jazz-tinged arrangement of New Bond Street makes up for its threadbare lyrics.’
      • ‘The democratic pretences of the opposition have always been threadbare.’
      • ‘In the scramble to balance the books, the already threadbare provision for non-critical cases could be stripped away.’
      • ‘In promoting these illusions, Mr Latham is accepting the threadbare propaganda of the neo-liberal social agenda.’
      • ‘The language of artistic value has become threadbare.’
      • ‘But on close inspection the Brown plans look pretty threadbare anyway.’
      • ‘Initially, capitalist market conditions were introduced into Russia under a somewhat threadbare banner of " democracy ".’
      • ‘Sometimes this tale of interrupted promise swung on pitifully threadbare evidence.’
      • ‘At some point, though, the formula began to grow threadbare.’
      • ‘There is little a performer can do with such threadbare material.’
      • ‘Previous claims that the restoration of capitalism in the former USSR would bring democracy in its wake now look increasingly threadbare.’

Pronunciation:

threadbare

/ˈTHredber/