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 Dictionary entry overview: What does threadbare mean? 

THREADBARE (adjective)
  The adjective THREADBARE has 2 senses:

1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
2. having the nap worn away so that the threads show through

  Familiarity information: THREADBARE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

THREADBARE (adjective)

Sense 1threadbare [BACK TO TOP]


Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse


banal; trite; timeworn; threadbare; stock; old-hat; hackneyed; shopworn; tired; well-worn; commonplace

Context examples:

bromidic sermons / his remarks were trite and commonplace / hackneyed phrases / a stock answer / repeating threadbare jokes / parroting some timeworn axiom / the trite metaphor 'hard as nails'


unoriginal (not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual)

Sense 2threadbare [BACK TO TOP]


Having the nap worn away so that the threads show through

Context example:

threadbare rugs


worn (affected by wear; damaged by long use)

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