threadbare

  • 1Threadbare — Thread bare , a. 1. Worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off; threadbare clothes. A threadbare cope. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Worn out; as, a threadbare subject; stale topics and threadbare quotations. Swift. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2threadbare — [thred′ber΄] adj. 1. worn down so that the threads show; having the nap or surface fibers worn off [threadbare rugs] 2. wearing old, worn clothes; shabby 3. that has lost freshness or novelty; stale [a threadbare argument] …

    English World dictionary

  • 3threadbare — [adj1] worn, frayed beat up*, damaged, dilapidated, dingy, dog eared, downat the heel*, faded, frowzy*, impaired, injured, old, ragged, ratty*, run down, scruffy, seedy, shabby, shopworn, tacky, tattered, timeworn, used, used up, worn out, worse… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4threadbare — index trite Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5threadbare — mid 14c., from THREAD (Cf. thread) + BARE (Cf. bare). The notion is of having the nap worn off, leaving bare the threads …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6threadbare — 1 *shabby, dilapidated, dingy, faded, seedy Analogous words: damaged, injured, impaired (see INJURE): worn (see HAGGARD) 2 shopworn, *trite, hackneyed, stereotyped Analogous words: antiquated, obsolete, archaic (see OLD): exhausted, depleted,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7threadbare — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ thin and tattered with age; worn out …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8threadbare — adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. having the nap worn off so that the thread shows ; shabby < threadbare clothes > b. wearing threadbare clothing ; very poor < took in threadbare relatives Russell Baker > c. barely adequate because of cheapness&#8230; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9threadbare — threadbareness, n. /thred bair /, adj. 1. having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof, as a fabric, garment, etc. 2. wearing threadbare clothes; shabby or poor: a threadbare old man. 3. meager, scanty, or poor: a&#8230; …

    Universalium

  • 10threadbare — thread|bare [ θred,ber ] adjective 1. ) threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been worn or used a lot a ) wearing or containing threadbare things: the threadbare family apartment 2. ) a&#8230; …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11threadbare — [[t]θre̱dbeə(r)[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Threadbare clothes, carpets, and other pieces of cloth look old, dull, and very thin, because they have been worn or used too much. She sat cross legged on a square of threadbare carpet. Syn: worn 2) ADJ GRADED&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 12threadbare — UK [ˈθredˌbeə(r)] / US [ˈθredˌber] adjective 1) a) threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been worn or used a lot b) wearing or containing threadbare things the threadbare family apartment 2)&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 13threadbare — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ wear sth ▪ The carpets were worn threadbare. ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14threadbare — thread|bare [ˈθredbeə US ber] adj 1.) clothes, ↑carpets etc that are threadbare are very thin and in bad condition because they have been used a lot ▪ a threadbare old sofa 2.) threadbare excuse/argument/joke etc an excuse etc that is no longer&#8230; …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15threadbare — adjective 1 clothes, carpets etc that are threadbare are very thin and in bad condition because they have been used a lot: a threadbare old sofa 2 threadbare excuse/argument/joke etc an excuse etc that is no longer effective because it has been&#8230; …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16threadbare — thread•bare [[t]ˈθrɛdˌbɛər[/t]] adj. 1) having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the weave, as a fabric or garment 2) wearing threadbare clothes; shabby or poor 3) hackneyed; trite; ineffectively stale: threadbare arguments[/ex]&#8230; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17threadbare — /ˈθrɛdbɛə / (say thredbair) adjective 1. having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof, as a fabric, garment, etc. 2. meagre, scanty, or poor. 3. hackneyed or trite: threadbare arguments. 4. wearing threadbare&#8230; …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 18threadbare — adjective a) shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show b) wearing clothes of threadbare material …

    Wiktionary

  • 19threadbare — adjective a threadbare carpet Syn: worn, well worn, old, thin, worn out, holey, moth eaten, mangy, ragged, frayed, tattered, battered; decrepit, shabby, scruffy, unkempt; having seen better days, falling apart at the seams …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20threadbare — [ˈθredˌbeə] adj very thin because of being worn or used a lot a threadbare carpet/shirt[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English