shopworn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj shopworn 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'"
    • adj shopworn worn or faded from being on display in a store "shopworn merchandise at half price"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Shopworn Somewhat worn or damaged by having been kept for a time in a shop.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shopworn Somewhat worn or defaced by the handling received in a shop or store, or by exposure outside a shop.
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Usage

In literature:

She sank into a chair, looking a bit shopworn.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
I been strugglin' along, as you know, ever since, just like this, some shopworn, but so's to set up.
"Heart's Desire" by Emerson Hough
Amid a mob of shopworn public men, here was one who had at least the charm of novelty.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I" by Burton J. Hendrick
Don't tout up his stuff any, or try to shove off any seconds or shopworn pieces.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
These tricks you have done are stale and shopworn.
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
Did you know he could make the ace of spades look shopworn and weary at thirty paces with one of those toys?
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Such a simple, brown hat she found, a little shopworn; the long, warm coat she bought matched perfectly.
"Old Valentines" by Munson Aldrich Havens
I had a feeling that the end and slice would lie around and get shopworn if I did not take them.
"The Car That Went Abroad" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Dujarrier, all-powerful editor of "La Presse," laid his somewhat shopworn heart at her feet.
"Superwomen" by Albert Payson Terhune
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In news:

Autonomy is more shopworn than we knew.
Autonomy is more shopworn than we knew.
Heritage is transitioning from a shopworn think tank into a political machine.
(The Company passes off these white but shopworn dunes as lawns.
FURTHER FRAYING AN already shopworn maxim, be careful what you ask for--especially when it comes to the freewheeling Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
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