1. [syn: banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]
2. having the nap worn away so that the threads show through;
- Example: "threadbare rugs"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Threadbare \Thread"bare`\, a.
1. Worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off;
threadbare clothes. "A threadbare cope." --Chaucer.
2. Fig.: Worn out; as, a threadbare subject; stale topics and
threadbare quotations. --Swift.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;
"bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and
commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer";
"repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn
axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn:
banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat,
shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn,
tired, trite, well-worn]
2: having the nap worn away so that the threads show through;
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
80 Moby Thesaurus words for "threadbare":
back-number, banal, bare, bathetic, bewhiskered, boring, bromidic,
cliche, cliche-ridden, cliched, common, commonplace, corny,
cut-and-dried, damaged, deep-worn, dilapidated, dingy, dog-eared,
down-at-heel, dull, fade, faded, familiar, frayed, fusty, hack,
hackney, hackneyed, imitative, impaired, injured, monotonous,
moth-eaten, musty, old hat, overused, overworked, platitudinous,
played out, prosaic, ragged, run-down, scruffy, seedy, sere, set,
shabby, shelfworn, shopworn, slovenly, sorry, square, stale,
stereotyped, stock, tacky, tattered, tatty, tedious, timeworn,
tired, tiresome, torn, trite, truistic, uncreative, unoriginal,
warmed-over, well-known, well-worn, worn, worn out, worn ragged,
worn thin, worn to rags, worn to threads, worn-down, worn-out,