Definition of worm-eaten in US English:

worm-eaten

adjective

  • 1(of organic tissue) eaten into by worms.

    ‘a worm-eaten corpse’
    • ‘They fish a worm-eaten corpse out of the river while swimming.’
    • ‘Now, on the whole, this sort of vivid reference to rotting flesh and the worm-eaten body is not a very good argument for seduction.’
    1. 1.1 (of wood or a wooden object) full of holes made by woodworm.
      ‘the worm-eaten stairs’
      • ‘The old stone walls are, however, left visible at both ends, while the warped, worm-eaten roof trusses are on full view.’
      • ‘Imposing at 75 inches on a side and 7 inches deep, the painting, like eight others shown here, has holes drilled in its edges, like worm-eaten driftwood.’
      • ‘Fourteen-centimetre shells sit on the sea floor nearby, in what is left of the worm-eaten wooden boxes that once held them.’
      • ‘Then you got the fun of walking over a narrow worm-eaten wooden bridge with the water lapping a few inches below.’

Pronunciation

worm-eaten

/ˈwərm ˌētn//ˈwərm ˌitn/