Wear Wear, v. t. [imp. {Wore} (w[=o]r); p. p. {Worn} (w[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Wearing}. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being {Weared}.] [OE. weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to OHG. werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan, L. vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr. "enny`nai, Skr. vas. Cf. {Vest}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle. [1913 Webster]

What compass will you wear your farthingale? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore, Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance. ``He wears the rose of youth upon him.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

His innocent gestures wear A meaning half divine. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly. [1913 Webster]

4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend. [1913 Webster]

That wicked wight his days doth wear. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The waters wear the stones. --Job xiv. 19. [1913 Webster]

5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole. [1913 Webster]

6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition. [1913 Webster]

Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in the first essay, displeased us. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

{To wear away}, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy, by gradual attrition or decay.

{To wear off}, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth.

{To wear on} or {To wear upon}, to wear. [Obs.] ``[I] weared upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]'' --Chaucer.

{To wear out}. (a) To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay; as, to wear out a coat or a book. (b) To consume tediously. ``To wear out miserable days.'' --Milton. (c) To harass; to tire. ``[He] shall wear out the saints of the Most High.'' --Dan vii. 25. (d) To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in military service.

{To wear the breeches}. See under {Breeches}. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • worn — index dilapidated, old, trite, unsound (not strong) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • worn — past participle of WEAR(Cf. ↑wearer). ► ADJECTIVE 1) suffering from wear. 2) very tired …   English terms dictionary

  • worn — Synonyms and related words: abated, ablated, ablative, attenuated, ausgespielt, back number, banal, bare, bated, belittled, bewhiskered, biodegradable, bromidic, burned out, careworn, common, commonplace, consumed, contracted, corny, corrosive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • worn — [[t]wɔ͟ː(r)n[/t]] 1) Worn is the past participle of wear. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Worn is used to describe something that is damaged or thin because it is old and has been used a lot. Worn rugs increase the danger of tripping... Most of the trek …   English dictionary

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  • worn — worn1 [ wɔrn ] adjective 1. ) something that is worn looks old and damaged because it has been used a lot: a pair of worn blue jeans 2. ) looking tired and old: His lined face looked worn and sad. worn worn 2 the past participle of wear1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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