[ US /ˈʃɑpˌwɔɹn/ ]
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
a stock answer
his remarks were trite and commonplace
parroting some timeworn axiom
the trite metaphor `hard as nails'
repeating threadbare jokes
a stock answer
worn or faded from being on display in a store
shopworn merchandise at half price
How To Use shopworn In A Sentence
- This lack of sensitivity to the wellsprings of quality largely stems from shopworn but doggedly persistent ideas on where to economize.
- Or better yet, might we construct a model that is both consistent with the evidence and more beneficial than either of those shopworn choices? Clay Farris Naff: Are We The Reason For The Universe's Existence? The Anthropic Principle Reconsidered
- Exotic dancers, taxi drivers, cigarette girls, lawyers of the shopworn sort with dandruff on their lapels.
- And the nuclear priesthood to borrow a phrase from the father of our "Nuclear Navy", Admiral Hyman Rickover still uses many words and concepts that were already shopworn decades ago. Rory O'Connor: No Word for Meltdown: Nukespeak Returns
- Where Intolerable Cruelty is stylized and fun, Laws of Attraction is shopworn and flat.
- His bag of tricks is so small, and so shopworn, it's almost as if he's writing the same column every week.
- It is tarted up with shopworn absurdism, as when a moronic computer programmer jumps off that roof only to reappear without explanation to continue being moronic.
- The beach garland is sunburned, a silt shopworn, hot, as well as full of waste -- no place for upon foot barefoot. Archive 2009-11-01
- The problem with revenge stories is that they're a staple of American cinema and because of that, the genre is a little shopworn.
- Short and stocky, a shopworn wool sweater carelessly worn backwards on occasion, Bob displayed an almost pixyish quality that was only enhanced by his lilting, Gaelic turn of phrase and charming absent-mindedness.