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 Dictionary entry overview: What does worn mean? 

WORN (adjective)
  The adjective WORN has 2 senses:

1. affected by wear; damaged by long use
2. showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering

  Familiarity information: WORN used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WORN (adjective)

Sense 1worn [BACK TO TOP]


Affected by wear; damaged by long use

Context examples:

worn threads on the screw / a worn suit / the worn pockets on the jacket


raddled; worn-out (used until no longer useful)

moth-eaten; ratty; shabby; tatty (showing signs of wear and tear)

scruffy; seedy (shabby and untidy)

shopsoiled; shopworn (worn or faded from being on display in a store)

tatterdemalion; tattered (worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing)

threadbare (having the nap worn away so that the threads show through)

thumbed ((of pages) worn or soiled by thumb and fingers by frequent handling or turning)

vermiculate; worm-eaten; wormy (infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms)

waterworn ((of rocks especially) worn smooth by the action of water)

weather-beaten; weathered; weatherworn (worn by exposure to the weather)

ragged (being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn)

played out (worn out)

moth-eaten; mothy (worn or eaten away by (or as if by) moths)

aged (at an advanced stage of erosion (pronounced as one syllable))

attrited (worn by rubbing or friction)

battered (damaged especially by hard usage)

clapped out (worn from age or heavy use and no longer able to operate (of cars or machines or people))

creaky; decrepit; derelict; flea-bitten; run-down; woebegone (worn and broken down by hard use)

dog-eared; eared (worn or shabby from overuse or (of pages) from having corners turned down)

eroded; scoured (worn away as by water or ice or wind)

frayed (worn away or tattered along the edges)

mangey; mangy (having many worn or threadbare spots in the nap)

well-worn (showing signs of much wear or use)


old (of long duration; not new)


new (unaffected by use or exposure)

Sense 2worn [BACK TO TOP]


Showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering


careworn; drawn; haggard; raddled; worn

Context examples:

looking careworn as she bent over her mending / her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness / that raddled but still noble face / shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face


tired (depleted of strength or energy)

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