What does threadbare mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term threadbare:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn(adj)

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

    "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'"

  2. threadbare(adj)

    having the nap worn away so that the threads show through

    "threadbare rugs"


  1. threadbare(Adjective)

    shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show

  2. threadbare(Adjective)

    wearing clothes of threadbare material

  3. threadbare(Adjective)

    banal or clich├ęd; trite or hackneyed

  4. Origin: thread + bare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Threadbare(adj)

    worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off; threadbare clothes

  2. Threadbare(adj)

    fig.: Worn out; as, a threadbare subject; stale topics and threadbare quotations


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of threadbare in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of threadbare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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