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threadbare - Dictionary definition and meaning for word threadbare

(adj) repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
Example Sentence
  • 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'

(adj) having the nap worn away so that the threads show through
Example Sentence
  • threadbare rugs

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for threadbare

Threadbare -Wear and Tear - The garment has become quite threadbare due to its continuous wear and tear.
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by pushpa_edit

threadbare = thread + bare;we know jeans are made of thread,imagine and old jeans, so we can say that thread can be seen in bare eyes.
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by nasri

threas+bare....you wear clothes when barly your clothes look like clothes..till each thread come out......
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by preetisoni2411

THREADBARE - Something which has been READ BAAR BAAR...so it is common..or a cliche, banal stuff!!
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by bugmenot

Observe that 'threadbar' as 'read' + 'bar' [In hindi, it is bar, bar i.e repetitive]. So when you read same thing repetitively, you get 'over familiar' and it becomes 'common/trite' for you.
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by gunjanshah

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