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Definition 1: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where threadbare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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'

Synonyms for threadbare in the sense of this definition

(threadbare is similar to ...) not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual

"the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations" "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"

Definition 2: having the nap worn away so that the threads show through - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where threadbare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • threadbare rugs

(threadbare is similar to ...) affected by wear; damaged by long use

"worn threads on the screw" "a worn suit" "the worn pockets on the jacket"

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