well-worn for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD also well worn
1. graded adjective & adjective
A well-wornexpression, remark, or idea has been used so often that it no longer seems to have much meaning or to be interesting. ⇒ To use a well-worn cliche, it is packed with information. ⇒ ...well-worn party dogma and ideology.
2. graded adjective & adjective
A well-worn object or piece of clothing has been worn or used so frequently that it looks rather old and untidy. ⇒ ...well-worn brown shoes.