• WordNet 3.6
    • adj well-worn 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 well-worn showing signs of much wear or use
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • well-worn Much affected by wear or use: hence, familiar from frequent repetition; worn threadbare.
    • well-worn Properly or becomingly worn; suitably borne or maintained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Well-worn worn threadbare:
    • Well-worn (rare) becomingly worn
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wel; cog. with Goth. vaila, Ger. wohl, from the root of will.


In literature:

The theme is now somewhat well worn, but its true significance is seldom apprehended.
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
Strings of charms are worn by the men occasionally under the arm, or suspended over the shoulders, as well as round the neck.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
And the three that I have left are well worn.
"The Tale of Pony Twinkleheels" by Arthur Scott Bailey
His courtesy is not merely for state occasions, but a well-fitting garment worn constantly.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
They are worn on the nose by people who imagine they can not see very well.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IV. (of X.)" by Various
Ellen's excuse for him, that he was never well and had never been quite himself since he was born, was pretty well worn out.
"Fairies and Folk of Ireland" by William Henry Frost
They turned into a coulee threaded by a well-worn trail.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
They were so frayed and thumbed-over that some of the pages reminded me of well-worn bank-notes.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
All the teeth were well preserved, some of them not at all worn.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
Sombrero, leather chaps well worn, blue shirt, and red neck handkerchief.
"The Border Boys Across the Frontier" by Fremont B. Deering

In poetry:

Rest comes at last to the weary,
And freedom to the slave;
Her tired and worn-out body
Sleeps well in its pauper grave.
"The Martyr" by Victor James Daley
The one chanced on a well-worn track
That saints had trod before,
And, running straight, soon reached the gate
Of Rest for Evermore.
"The Very Last" by John Joy Bell
We know him well: no need of praise
Or bonfire from the windy hill
To light to softer paths and ways
The world-worn man we honor still.
"California's Greeting To Seward" by Francis Bret Harte
Well may the gazer deem that when,
Worn with the struggle and the strife,
And heart-sick at the wrongs of men,
The good forsakes the scene of life;
"A Summer Ramble" by William Cullen Bryant
Or by his homestead, or in shadowed yards
He lingers where his children used to play,
Or through the market, on the well-worn stones
He stalks until the dawn-stars burn away.
"Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight" by Vachel Lindsay
Beyond compare the monument I have erected,
And to this spirit column well-worn the people's path,--
Its head defiant will out-soar that famous pillar
The Emperor Alexander hath!
"The Memorial" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

In news:

The grass hitting areas are patchy and the balls are well worn.
There are a few well-worn pieces of advice in this area, such as.
For years, at thousands of New York City intersections, well-worn push button s have offered harried walkers a rare promise of control over their pedestrian lives.
Nikki Haley's base of operations during her runoff campaign for South Carolina governor is a well-worn office in West Columbia.
When Jonathan Owicki staged the well-worn Shakespearean tragedy in March, he decided to add a drinking game, which he says helped the audience—and actors—gain a More.
Well-worn Randy Moss returns for one last show.
Romney, GOP offering only well-worn ideas.
A Well-Worn Path, But The Journey Has Its Pleasures.
OF all the world's well-worn romantic pilgrimage routes, perhaps none is more potholed than the road to Paris.
The action clips along briskly, but the story is ultimately too well worn and shallow to distinguish itself PG.
Jim Messina starts by telling what feels like a well-worn anecdote about a 3-year-old.
For the sixth consecutive year, Highland eighth grade and high school DARE Role Models, as well as SADD members, collected new and gently worn coats for kids.
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A well-worn pair of Levi's jeans.