Definition of worn out in US English:

worn out

adjective

  • 1(of a person or animal) extremely tired; exhausted.

    ‘you look worn out’
    • ‘Saying yes to everyone only makes you tired and worn-out.’
    • ‘She'd come home from work completely worn out, but never too tired to tell us how tired she was and to divulge her secrets to success.’
    • ‘We should get some worn-out celebrities and have a rally.’
    • ‘The American Red Cross said it needs 40,000 additional volunteers in the next few weeks to replace worn-out relief workers helping Hurricane Katrina victims.’
    • ‘It seems like you've been feeling kind of worn out and exhausted - like you just can't get enough sleep.’
    • ‘That is the sort of in-your-face political correctness that most of us are worn-out on.’
    • ‘Entering this small port by ferry from Dar es Salaam is certainly an unforgettable experience, never failing to make the most worn-out traveler eager to explore this ancient port.’
    • ‘He looked completely worn-out and exhausted, and his eyes were shadowed.’
    • ‘Japan used to be the place where worn-out American players went to die, but with expansion, those American players can continue their mediocre play right here in the States.’
    • ‘There was a tired, worn-out old lady at the box-office looking up at the movie poster and saying to the ticket-sales clerk, ‘Will it give me back my sense of wonder?’.’
    • ‘He appeared to be older than he actually was, gaunt and tired, worn-out and thin.’
    • ‘Instead he comes across looking like a lazy, tired, worn-out Premier.’
    • ‘Sleep-deprived, worn-out adults can barely care for themselves, let alone an active, needy child.’
    • ‘With Blair breathing down their necks and Clinton whispering in their ears, the worn-out politicians finally agreed to do as they were told by the men from Whitehall and Washington.’
    • ‘Two nanoseconds later, a wild-eyed worn-out woman in a polyester ‘Hippie’ Halloween costume confronts us.’
    • ‘Players can and should work when physically worn out; however, they can't learn when mentally exhausted.’
    • ‘Behind me and before me were men just like me; weary, worn-out, some wasted, all eager to once again open the door to home, family and familiarity.’
    • ‘He also felt extremely worn-out and drained of all his energy; he barely possessed the strength to even move, let alone rise to his feet.’
    • ‘She looked even more worn-out than ever, with her youngest child clutching her hand, tugging fiercely on it.’
    • ‘So whether you have back or neck ache, are feeling stressed, worn-out, in need of a detox or simply want a bit of pampering, Gillian will tailor-make the massage to meet your needs.’
    exhausted, fatigued, tired, tired out, weary, wearied, strained, drained, worn, drawn, wan, sapped, spent, careworn, haggard, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed, gaunt, pinched, pale, peaky, pasty-faced, washed out, ashen, blanched
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  • 2Damaged or shabby to the point of being no longer usable.

    ‘worn-out shoes’
    • ‘Across from the courtyard were several shabby stone buildings reflecting the moonlight with their worn-out walls.’
    • ‘I contributed some scarves, a pair of worn-out oxford shoes, and an old vest.’
    • ‘But how often have you seen men slip up and wear derby shoes with worn-out jeans, or even casual loafers with suits, for example?’
    • ‘They pointed out that many of the children in the picture wore shoes with holes in the toes and worn-out soles.’
    • ‘Bare and worn-out patches can also be repaired now.’
    • ‘I have never, in all my years of being involved in the industry, seen such a cross-section of worn-out, broken and abused leather.’
    • ‘Volunteers there find a use for everything from used chip fat to damaged CD cases, old canal lock gates and worn-out cement mixers.’
    • ‘She shivered and began to pull up the thin, tattered and worn-out blanket over her head, while the cold damp air tickled her feet.’
    • ‘So next time you start to throw away a worn-out pair of shoes, remember the millionaires with their walls of art in need of restoration and reframing, and consider having them resoled.’
    • ‘From their sun-tans and worn-out sports shoes, one could see the traces of a long journey.’
    • ‘His clothes were moth-eaten; a raven-black suit, a discolored vest, his breeches that matched, and worn-out shoes.’
    • ‘At the same time, the older, worn-out tools further damaged what little agriculture was on.’
    • ‘Damaged or worn out equipment will not protect you properly.’
    • ‘Gabrielle works at nights washing car windows, and owns nothing but a pair of jeans, a couple of jumpers, a hat and a pair of worn-out shoes.’
    • ‘The living room contained two couches, both worn out and with patches sown into them.’
    • ‘At a party, I met Todd, another solo walker, and we were soon comparing the worn-out soles of our shoes.’
    • ‘When there was no response, he gave an aggravated growl and tromped to the kitchen, his heavy shoes thudding on the worn-out tile angrily.’
    • ‘Vintage jeans are usually worn-out and frayed in strategic places.’
    • ‘She sat at a cluttered desk, full of papers, test tubes, and what seemed to be an old bologna sandwich, but looked more like one of those old worn-out shoes donators are always trying to give us.’
    • ‘A simple act of replacing damaged or worn out auto parts can go a long way in extending the life of your Mercedes Benz as well as in restoring its original luster.’
    shabby, well worn, worn, 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. 2.1 (of an idea, method, or system) used so often or existing for so long as to be considered valueless.
      ‘he portrayed the Democrats as the party of worn-out ideas’
      • ‘The storyline does not consistently rely upon worn-out cliches and tired formulas, and the character definition and interaction have the strength to tap into the viewer's emotions.’
      • ‘‘The industry's present state is due to its old and worn-out ideas,’ he says.’
      • ‘Her claim that voice is a worn-out metaphor rests, in large part, on its associations with oral literacy traditions.’
      • ‘Some will undoubtedly start blaming the people and repeat the worn out excuse that the talk of freedom and democracy is futile for such a people as ours.’
      • ‘This is exactly the kind of tired, worn-out, bland thinking we love to reward in this town.’
      • ‘Last year's turbulence could also be seen as the rubric forces of the cosmic dance of Kali, crushing beneath her feet all that had to go - the baggage of the past, the worn-out belief systems and prejudices.’
      • ‘Democracy is here nothing but an ossified remnant from the worn-out historical ‘memory’ of contemporary liberalism.’
      • ‘This helpful development provides an opportunity for theological education to move beyond placing students in the worn-out categories of theological liberals and conservatives.’
      • ‘On her view, such integration would help both architects and philosophers think of space in dynamic and creative, rather than static and worn-out ways.’
      • ‘Breaking away from worn-out traditions is hard to do, but I will reiterate a point I've made in the past: reluctant men rarely enjoy stag parties put on by their reluctant friends.’
      • ‘In Milan Kundera's clumsy new novella, a portentous, worn-out philosophy that borders on the ironic and absurd stands in for real thinking.’
      • ‘This movie does what dozens of Caucasian-centered films have done: explore tired themes via a worn-out, cliché-riddled storyline.’
      • ‘There is no reason to buy or rent this movie because the idea is old, worn-out, and stale.’
      • ‘It's frustrating that there is so little character development beyond tired clichés and worn-out dialogue.’
      • ‘And tossing in worn-out phrases about ‘imperialist’ agendas just doesn't impress anyone anymore.’
      • ‘You have written a cliche, a worn-out metaphor.’
      obsolete, antiquated, old, well worn, stale, time-worn, hackneyed, banal, trite, overused, overworked, stereotyped, clichéd, unoriginal, derivative, unimaginative, commonplace, common, pedestrian, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, stock, conventional
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Pronunciation

worn out

/ˌwɔrnˈaʊt//ˌwôrnˈout/