Meaning of threadbare

thread•bare

Pronunciation: (thred'bâr"), [key]
— adj.
  1. having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof, as a fabric, garment, etc.
  2. wearing threadbare clothes; shabby or poor: a threadbare old man.
  3. meager, scanty, or poor: a threadbare emotional life.
  4. hackneyed; trite; ineffectively stale: threadbare arguments.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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