Definition of Moth-eaten

1. Adjective. Showing signs of wear and tear. "An old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains"

Exact synonyms: Ratty, Shabby, Tatty
Similar to: Worn
Derivative terms: Shabbiness



2. Adjective. Worn or eaten away by (or as if by) moths. "Moth-eaten blankets"
Exact synonyms: Mothy
Similar to: Worn

3. Adjective. Lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new. "Stale news"
Exact synonyms: Cold, Dusty, Stale
Similar to: Unoriginal
Derivative terms: Staleness

Definition of Moth-eaten

1. Adjective. Containing holes by having been eaten by moth larvae. ¹

2. Adjective. old and in poor condition ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Moth-eaten

motel room
motelier
moteliers
motelike
motels
moten
motes
motesanib
motet
motets
motett
motetts
motey
moth
moth-eaten (current term)
moth-eaten alopecia
moth-er
moth-resistant
moth bean
moth miller
moth mullein
moth orchid
moth patch
moth plant
mothball
mothballed
mothballing
mothbally

Literary usage of Moth-eaten

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Manual for the Collector and Amateur of Old English Plays by William Carew Hazlitt (1892)
"... of moth- eaten records in his m.iw," etc. The Projectors: A comedy by J. Wilson. 410, 1665. Scene, London. This p!ay met with good success on the stage. ..."

2. A Complete Concordance to the Revised Version of the New Testamentby John Alexander Thoms by John Alexander Thoms (1883)
"... moth-eaten. Jas. 5. 2. and your garments are m. MOTHER, -S. Mat. 1. 18. when his m. Mary had been betrothed 2. 11. saw the young child with Mary his m. ..."

3. London Pictures: Drawn with Pen and Pencil. With One Hundred and Thirty by Richard Lovett (1890)
"... and impressiveness about them which not even their draggled features and faded, moth-eaten garments, laden with the dust of centuries, can efface. ..."

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