moth-eaten


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moth-eat·en

(môth′ēt′n, mŏth′-)
adj.
1. Eaten away by moth larvae.
2. Old and timeworn: a moth-eaten phrase.
3. Shabby; decrepit.

moth-eaten

adj
1. decayed, decrepit, or outdated
2. eaten away by or as if by moths

moth′-eat`en



adj.
1. eaten or damaged by or as if by the larvae of moths.
2. decayed or worn-out.
3. out of fashion.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.moth-eaten - showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
2.moth-eaten - worn or eaten away by (or as if by) moths; "moth-eaten blankets"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
3.moth-eaten - lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race"; "stale news"
unoriginal - not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual; "the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations"; "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"- Gwethalyn Graham

moth-eaten

adjective decayed, ragged, shabby, worn-out, seedy, dilapidated, tattered, threadbare, decrepit, grungy (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), outworn, scuzzy (slang, chiefly U.S.) a moth-eaten leopardskin jacket
Translations

moth-eaten

[ˈmɒθˌiːtn] ADJapolillado

moth-eaten

[ˈmɒθˌiːtn] adjtarmato/a

moth

(moθ) plural moths (moθs) (American) (mo:ðz) noun
1. any of a large number of insects, rather like butterflies but with wider bodies, seen mostly at night and attracted by light.
2. a clothes moth. The moths have been at my evening dress.
clothes moth
a type of moth whose larva feeds on cloth and makes holes.
ˈmothball noun
a small ball of a chemical used to protect clothes from clothes moths.
ˈmoth-eaten adjective
(of cloth) eaten by moths. a moth-eaten blanket.
References in classic literature ?
It was attached to a moth-eaten sash of thick-woven crimson silk from which hung heavy silk tassels.
At eight o'clock the next evening Aunt Ellen took a quaint old gold ring from a moth-eaten case and gave it to Richard.
His getting on his box, which I remember to have been decorated with an old weather-stained pea-green hammercloth moth-eaten into rags, was quite a work of time.
They found a little hat of soft brown plush, but it was entirely moth-eaten.
I saw something like them in Hampton Court, but they were worn and frayed and moth-eaten.
There is a crimson curtain in a trunk above stairs,--a little faded and moth-eaten, I'm afraid,--but Phoebe and I will do wonders with it.
But what a different creature was this fierce-eyed demon, palpitating with life and vigor, glossy of coat, alert, growling, magnificent, from the dingy, moth-eaten replicas beneath their glass cases in the stuffy halls of our public museums.
In a preposterous coat, like a beadle's, with cuffs and flaps exaggerated to an unspeakable extent; in an immense waistcoat, knee-breeches, buckled shoes, and a mad cocked hat; with nothing fitting him, and everything of coarse material, moth-eaten and full of holes; with seams in his black face, where fear and heat had started through the greasy composition daubed all over it; anything so grimly, detestably, ridiculously shameful as the whelp in his comic livery, Mr.
He found old moth-eaten garments all in rags and tatters, or Peter would have put them on.
They had hurried on because they were anxious to bring the spoils of the chase to Simla ere the skins grew moth-eaten.
McMillan impresses with her knowledge and interplay of both timelines: Ambrose's handwritten letters versus the texts between Nell and her love interest; the golden sheen that surrounds a family at the height of its pre-Depression power and wealth versus the aggravations of having to find ways to get rid of every unwanted, moth-eaten thing in that family's crumbling old mansion.
So even he may be aware of the irony of his telling us to "relinquish the moth-eaten decaying relics of the past" while vaunting his long-defunct military status.