- IPA: /ˈθɹɛdbɛə(ɹ)/
- (of cloth) shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show
, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
- Such threadbare coats and trousers, such fusty gowns and shawls, such squashed hats and bonnets, such boots and shoes, such umbrellas and walking-sticks, never were seen in Rag Fair.
- 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)
- Unkempt, in threadbare clothes, with holed shoes and sun-cured hide, my costume is permanent: the traveler, the man from far away.
- damaged or shabby
- Holy Virgin stood in the main Convent of Glatz, in rather a threadbare condition, when the Prussians first approached; the Jesuits, and ardently Orthodox of both sexes, flagitating Heaven and her with their prayers, that she would vouchsafe to keep the Prussians out.
- (of a person) wearing clothes of threadbare material
- banal or clichéd; trite or hackneyed
- See also Thesaurus:hackneyed