(fôr-spĕnt′, fər-)
adj. Archaic
Worn out, as from exertion; exhausted.
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(fɔːˈspɛnt) or


archaic tired out; exhausted
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adj. Archaic.
worn out; exhausted.
[past participle of Middle English forspenden, Old English forspendan. See for-, spend]
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