- worn down so that the threads show; having the nap or surface fibers worn off: threadbare rugs
- wearing old, worn clothes; shabby
- that has lost freshness or novelty; stale: a threadbare argument
- cheap, shabby, etc.
The definition of threadbare is something worn down to the threads, or old clothes.
An old dress that is practically in taters is an example of something that would be described as threadbare.
- Having the nap worn down so that the filling or warp threads show through; frayed or shabby: threadbare rugs.
- Wearing old, shabby clothing.
- Overused to the point of being worn out; hackneyed: threadbare excuses.
(comparative more threadbare, superlative most threadbare)
- For women who had spent several years wearing threadbare pajamas or chemises to bed, this was an unheard of opulence, and happily embraced.
- If you or someone you know is the type of man who does not throw his underwear out until the pair is threadbare and has more holes than a sieve, men's nylon tricot briefs may just be the way to go.
- Does the fabric appear threadbare in places?
- A degenerate society cared nothing for syllogisms grown threadbare by repetition.
- Yet there is a certain difference between this and the work of a poor artist whose designs are threadbare.