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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel wawrn, wohrn]
    • /wɛl wɔrn, woʊrn/
    • /wel wɔːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel wawrn, wohrn]
    • /wɛl wɔrn, woʊrn/

Definitions of well-worn word

  • adjective well-worn showing the effects of extensive use or wear: well-worn carpets. 1
  • adjective well-worn trite, hackneyed, or stale: a well-worn saying. 1
  • adjective well-worn fittingly or becomingly worn or borne: a well-worn reserve that never seems haughty. 1
  • adjective well-worn scuffed or torn from frequent use 1
  • adjective well-worn expression: clichéd, overused 1
  • adjective well-worn A well-worn expression, remark, or idea has been used so often that it no longer seems to have much meaning or to be interesting. 0

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Origin of well-worn

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
First recorded in 1615-25

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Parts of speech for Well-worn


well-worn popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for well-worn

adj well-worn

  • bromidic — ordinary; dull
  • characterless — If you describe something as characterless, you mean that it is dull and uninteresting.
  • cliched — If you describe something as clichéd, you mean that it has been said, done, or used many times before, and is boring or untrue.
  • cornball — Cornball means the same as corny.
  • dragger — any of various small motor trawlers operating off the North Atlantic coast of the U.S.

adjective well-worn

  • chain — A chain consists of metal rings connected together in a line.
  • corny — If you describe something as corny, you mean that it is obvious or sentimental and not at all original.
  • dinged — to cause surface damage to; dent: Flying gravel had dinged the car's fenders.
  • drag — drag and drop
  • drudging — Present participle of drudge.

Antonyms for well-worn

adjective well-worn

  • activated — to make active; cause to function or act.
  • energised — Alternative spelling of energized.
  • energized — Simple past tense and past participle of energize.
  • novel — Roman Law. an imperial enactment subsequent and supplementary to an imperial compilation and codification of authoritative legal materials. Usually, Novels. imperial enactments subsequent to the promulgation of Justinian's Code and supplementary to it: one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.

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