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Warn \Warn\ (w[add]rn), v. t. [OE. wernen, AS. weornan, wyrnan. Cf. Warn to admonish.] To refuse. [Written also wern, worn.] [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole. [1913 Webster]
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.
(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]
Worn \Worn\, p. p. of Wear. [1913 Webster] Worn land, land that has become exhausted by tillage, or which for any reason has lost its fertility. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

worn See wear


1 impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven wear"
2 a covering designed to be worn on a person's body [syn: clothing, article of clothing, vesture]
3 the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; "she bought it for everyday wear" [syn: wearing]


1 be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day" [syn: have on]
2 have on one's person; "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar" [syn: bear]
3 have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality; "He always wears a smile"
4 deteriorate through use or stress; "The constant friction wore out the cloth" [syn: wear off, wear out, wear thin]
5 have or show an appearance of; "wear one's hair in a certain way"
6 last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years" [syn: hold out, endure]
7 go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely" [syn: break, wear out, bust, fall apart]
8 exhaust or tire through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike" [syn: tire, wear upon, tire out, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue] [ant: refresh]
9 put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans" [syn: put on, get into, don, assume] [also: worn, wore]
worn adj
1 affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket" [ant: unworn]
2 showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering; "looking careworn as she bent over her mending"; "her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness"; "that raddled but still noble face"; "shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face"- Charles Dickens [syn: careworn, drawn, haggard, raddled]

Moby Thesaurus

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  • /'woɻn/



Verb form

  1. past participle of wear

Derived terms


Old English




  1. great many, multitude
  2. crowd, swarm
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