Definition of worn in US English:

worn

verb

  • past participle of wear

adjective

  • 1Damaged and shabby as a result of much use.

    ‘a worn, frayed denim jacket’
    • ‘A hip replacement can replace the worn parts of the hip to reduce pain and increase mobility.’
    • ‘At regular intervals in the process, we check whether a pancake will stick to the worn area.’
    • ‘The stone in York's city wall is wind and storm worn leaving trails in the stone of resistant seams.’
    • ‘A moment later he had pulled away a strip of grass, and below it was a worn cellar door.’
    • ‘Carved out of Inuit mahogany, the worn handle was in the shape of a wolf's head.’
    • ‘Volunteers are needed to repair worn clothing and bag it up to give to the homeless.’
    • ‘There is also a worn bearing in the gear-box, audible to my mechanic, but not yet critical.’
    • ‘The Heathrow stamp impacted on one of the emptier pages of her worn, blue passport.’
    • ‘His straggly, thinning hair flaps in the wind, as does his worn, long white coat.’
    • ‘He sat down without a sound on the worn wood and lifted his feet off the cold ground, his arms going around his knees.’
    • ‘He did not consider the noise of the fan to be excessive and it did not sound to him as though there were a worn bearing.’
    • ‘Off to the side, a man with a worn brown blazer and wild hair turns in slow circles and drums in the air.’
    • ‘It was evening, dark shadows slowly stretching across the worn floorboards of the room.’
    • ‘Check the condition of your car key as a worn key may cause the lock to jam.’
    • ‘Then drawing a worn volume from the pocket of his long black coat he sat and read till dawn.’
    • ‘Seeing only her face, not her threadbare coat, nor her worn shoes, he drew her back into his arms.’
    • ‘Vehicles with worn or defective shock absorbers are less stable and more liable to go out of control.’
    • ‘She walked around a bit, and found a worn copy of some book called Gravity's Rainbow on the street.’
    • ‘This she took in her hand and started to walk towards the narrow, worn steps that led to her bedroom.’
    • ‘I groped through the passageway, and pushed open the worn door out into the kitchen yard.’
    shabby, well worn, worn out, worn to shreds, threadbare, tattered, in tatters, in ribbons, in rags, in holes, holey, falling to pieces, falling apart at the seams, ragged, frayed, patched, moth-eaten, faded, seedy, shoddy, sorry, scruffy, dilapidated, crumbling, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, decrepit, deteriorated, on its last legs, having seen better days, time-worn
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    1. 1.1 Very tired.
      ‘his face looked worn and old’
      • ‘He took her hand with his own and hoisted his old body to its feet with a worn smile.’
      • ‘Coming home in the early evening, we found ourselves tired and a little worn.’
      • ‘He is believed to be in his late 20s and he is said to have a weathered, worn face.’
      • ‘They seem worn and weary, and wishing they could have disappeared, had a secret wedding.’
      • ‘The worn expression on her face and her tired eyes touched him, and he felt a sense of injustice.’
      • ‘The girl was so worn and weary that she curled up beneath the blanket and closed her eyes at once.’
      • ‘The face was filthy, and tired, and worn, but the eyes and mouth spoke the tongue of sheer torment.’
      strained, drawn, drained, worn out, fatigued, tired, tired out, exhausted, weary, wearied, wan, sapped, spent, careworn, haggard, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed, gaunt, pinched, pale, peaky, pasty-faced, washed out, ashen, blanched
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Pronunciation

worn

/wôrn//wɔrn/