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Meaning of worn by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /woʊrn/, /wɔːrn/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )n


    Old English geworen



    1. Past participle of wear

    Derived terms


    • IPA: /worn/


    worn m .

    1. great many, multitude
    2. crowd, swarm

Explanation of worn by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering

    2. looking careworn as she bent over her mending
      shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face- Charles Dickens
    3. affected by wear

    4. worn threads on the screw
      a worn suit
      the worn pockets on the jacket

    Definition of worn by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Warn ( warn ), v. t. [OE. wernen, AS. weornan, wyrnan. Cf. Warn to admonish.] To refuse. [Written also wern, worn.] [Obs.] Chaucer.

    2. Wear, v. t. [imp. Wore ( wōr ); p. p. Worn ( wōrn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Wearing. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being Weared.] [OE. weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to OHG. werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan, L. vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr. ἑννύναι, Skr. vas. Cf. Vest.]

      1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, “to wear a coat; to wear a shackle.”

      What compass will you wear your farthingale? Shak.

      On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,

      Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore. Pope.

      2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, “she wears a smile on her countenance”. “He wears the rose of youth upon him.” Shak.

      His innocent gestures wear

      A meaning half divine. Keble.

      3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, “to wear clothes rapidly”.

      4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.

      That wicked wight his days doth wear. Spenser.

      The waters wear the stones. Job xiv. 19.

      5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, “to wear a channel; to wear a hole”.

      6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.

      Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in the first essay, displeased us. Locke.

      To wear away, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy, by gradual attrition or decay. -- To wear off, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth. -- To wear on or To wear upon, to wear. [Obs.] “[I] weared upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]” Chaucer. -- To wear out. To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay; as, “to wear out a coat or a book”. To consume tediously. “To wear out miserable days.” Milton. To harass; to tire. “[He] shall wear out the saints of the Most High.” Dan vii. 25. To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in military service. -- To wear the breeches. See under Breeches. [Colloq.]

    3. Worn p. p. of Wear.

      Worn land, land that has become exhausted by tillage, or which for any reason has lost its fertility.