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3 definitions found
 for threadbare
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Threadbare \Thread"bare`\, a.
     1. Worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off;
        threadbare clothes. "A threadbare cope." --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Fig.: Worn out; as, a threadbare subject; stale topics and
        threadbare quotations. --Swift.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  threadbare
      adj 1: 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'" [syn:
             banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat,
             shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn,
             tired, trite, well-worn]
      2: having the nap worn away so that the threads show through;
         "threadbare rugs"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  80 Moby Thesaurus words for "threadbare":
     back-number, banal, bare, bathetic, bewhiskered, boring, bromidic,
     cliche, cliche-ridden, cliched, common, commonplace, corny,
     cut-and-dried, damaged, deep-worn, dilapidated, dingy, dog-eared,
     down-at-heel, dull, fade, faded, familiar, frayed, fusty, hack,
     hackney, hackneyed, imitative, impaired, injured, monotonous,
     moth-eaten, musty, old hat, overused, overworked, platitudinous,
     played out, prosaic, ragged, run-down, scruffy, seedy, sere, set,
     shabby, shelfworn, shopworn, slovenly, sorry, square, stale,
     stereotyped, stock, tacky, tattered, tatty, tedious, timeworn,
     tired, tiresome, torn, trite, truistic, uncreative, unoriginal,
     warmed-over, well-known, well-worn, worn, worn out, worn ragged,
     worn thin, worn to rags, worn to threads, worn-down, worn-out,
     wretched
  
  

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