Moth-eaten Moth"-eat`en, a. having holes due to eating by moths or moth larvae; -- of cloth or clothing. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • moth-eaten — moth .eaten adj 1.) cloth that is moth eaten has had holes eaten in it by moths ▪ a moth eaten sweater 2.) old and in bad condition ▪ a moth eaten old sofa …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • moth-eaten — [môth′ēt΄ n] adj. 1. gnawed away in patches by moth larvae: said as of cloth 2. decayed or decrepit in appearance; worn out 3. outdated …   English World dictionary

  • moth-eaten — [adj] shabby; stale ancient, antiquated, archaic, dated, decayed, decrepit, dilapidated, moribund, old fashioned, outdated, ragged, tattered, threadbare, worn out; concept 485 …   New thesaurus

  • moth-eaten — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ damaged or apparently damaged by clothes moths; shabby or threadbare …   English terms dictionary

  • moth-eaten — 1) ADJ GRADED Moth eaten clothes look very old and have holes in them. ...a moth eaten leopardskin jacket. 2) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as moth eaten, you mean that it seems unattractive or useless because it is old or… …   English dictionary

  • moth-eaten — adjective 1 cloth that is moth eaten has holes eaten in it by moths: a moth eaten sweater 2 old and in bad condition: a moth eaten old sofa …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • moth-eaten — adjective 1. showing signs of wear and tear a ratty old overcoat shabby furniture an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains • Syn: ↑ratty, ↑shabby, ↑tatty • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • moth-eaten — adjective Date: 14th century 1. eaten into by moth larvae < moth eaten clothes > 2. a. dilapidated b. antiquated, outmoded …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moth-eaten — moth′ eat en adj. 1) eaten or damaged by or as if by the larvae of moths 2) decayed or worn out 3) out of fashion • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • moth-eaten — eaten by moths; out of date, old fashioned …   English contemporary dictionary

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