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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
|Sense 1||threadbare [BACK TO TOP]|
Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
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 2||threadbare [BACK TO TOP]|
Having the nap worn away so that the threads show through
worn (affected by wear; damaged by long use)
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