adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. eaten or burrowed by worms <
worm-eaten timber
b. pitted 2. worn-out, antiquated

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  • Worm-eaten — Worm eat en, a. 1. Eaten, or eaten into, by a worm or by worms; as, worm eaten timber. [1913 Webster] Concave as a covered goblet, or a worm eaten nut. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Worn out; old; worthless. [R.] Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] {Worm… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worm-eaten — worm .eaten adj worm eaten wood or fruit has holes in it because it has been eaten by worms …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • worm-eaten — worm eat|en [ wɜrm ,itn ] adjective full of holes made by WORMS: worm eaten floors …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • worm-eaten — [wʉrm′ēt΄ n] adj. 1. eaten into by worms, termites, etc. 2. worn out, out of date, etc …   English World dictionary

  • worm-eaten — adjective 1 worm eaten wood or fruit has holes in it because it has been eaten by worms 2 old and damaged …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • worm-eaten — UK [ˈwɜː(r)m ˌiːt(ə)n] / US [ˈwɜrm ˌɪt(ə)n] adjective full of holes made by worms worm eaten floors …   English dictionary

  • worm-eaten — worm′ eat en adj. 1) eaten into or gnawed by worms 2) worn or impaired by time; decayed or antiquated • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • worm-eaten — /werrm eet n/, adj. 1. eaten into or gnawed by worms. 2. impaired by time, decayed or antiquated. [1350 1400; ME wormeten; see WORM, EAT, EN3] * * * …   Universalium

  • worm-eaten — adjective a) Eaten by worms, especially having a worm inside. b) Rotten or decrepit …   Wiktionary

  • worm-eaten — adjective infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms • Syn: ↑vermiculate, ↑wormy • Similar to: ↑worn • Derivationally related forms: ↑worm (for: ↑wormy) …   Useful english dictionary

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