Words related to worn

wear (v.)

Old English werian "to clothe, put on, cover up," from Proto-Germanic *wasīn- (source also of Old Norse verja, Old High German werian, Gothic gawasjan "to clothe"), from PIE *wos-eyo-, suffixed form of *wes- (2) "to clothe," extended form of root *eu- "to dress."

The Germanic forms "were homonyms of the vb. for 'prevent, ward off, protect' (Goth. warjan, O.E. werian, etc.), and this was prob. a factor in their early displacement in most of the Gmc. languages" [Buck]. It shifted from a weak verb (past tense and past participle wered) to a strong one (past tense wore, past participle worn) in 14c. on analogy of rhyming strong verbs such as bear and tear. Secondary sense of "use up, gradually damage" (late 13c.) is from effect of continued use on clothes. To wear down (transitive) "overcome by steady force" is from 1843. To wear off "diminish by attrition or use" is from 1690s.

care-worn (adj.)

also careworn, "oppressed or burdened with cares," 1828, from care (n.) + worn.

outworn (adj.)

"worn out; wasted or consumed by wear, use, or time," 1560s, from out- + worn.

shop-worn (adj.)

"somewhat shabby from handling while on display," by 1811, from shop (n.) + worn (adj.). Shop-soiled in the same sense is by 1862. An earlier nonce-use was shop-rid (1610s), based on bed-rid.

time-worn (adj.)

1729, from time (n.) + worn (adj.).