Definition of Run-down

1. Adjective. Worn and broken down by hard use. "A woebegone old shack"

Exact synonyms: Creaky, Decrepit, Derelict, Flea-bitten, Woebegone
Similar to: Worn



2. Adjective. Having the spring unwound. "A run-down watch"

Definition of Run-down

1. Adjective. (context: of a person) Tired and exhausted. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a place) Decrepit. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: of a clockwork mechanism) having the spring unwound. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Run-down

rumps
rumpus
rumpus room
rumpuses
rumpy
rumrunner
rumrunners
rums
rumseller
rumsellers
run
run-and-gun
run-away
run-aways
run-down (current term)
run-ins
run-length encoding
run-length encodings
run-o'-the-mill
run-of-the-mill
run-of-the-mine
run-off
run-on
run-on sentence
run-on sentences
run-ons
run-resistant
run-through

Literary usage of Run-down

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1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1886)
"THE GIRLS' TRICYCLE CLUB AND ITS RUN DOWN THE CAPE. BY E. VINTON BLAKE. TRICYCLES had become an every-day affair in ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"... for the source of the main stream, still the line must run down that lowest water course to the south fork, and down the south fork to the old line. ..."

3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Am Econ R 5:805-15 D '15 Building up the run-down farm. OR Geyer. Country Life 29:16.) Ap '16 Land tenure reform and democracy. G: E. Putnam. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... had a considerable declivity, a ship which had taken the ground on the beach near low water mark was actually run down and damaged by another stranded ..."

5. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"the former run down the stem; the top is pale grey, which becomes darker as the plants get older. Mrs. Hussey reports well of the oyster-fungus, ..."

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