moth-eaten moth-eaten


  1. (adj) showing signs of wear and tear
  2. (adj) worn or eaten away by (or as if by) moths
  3. (adj) lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new



  1. Now, if we want to pin down poshlost in contemporary writing we must look for it in Freudian symbolism, moth-eaten mythologies, social comment, humanistic messages, political .
  2. To our recent guests, "the slightly moth-eaten Prince Charming, the fading Juliet," one shamed American's apology.
  3. Though it may no longer teem with tigers except for the stuffed, moth-eaten relic languishing in the visitors' center there are plenty of gibbons, deer and colorful birds .


  • Front Porch: Finding balance between hoarding, heaving - Sat, 11 Jan 2014 PST

    Some people get the breaks. For a fictional example, let’s say eccentric Great Aunt Matilda dies leaving a full attic. Armed with trash bags, the family wades through the detritus of generations, sneezing as they dig through moth-eaten clothing, chipped lamps, worn rugs and knickknacks. Good grief, did Auntie never toss out anything?
    on January 11, 2014     Source: The Spokesman-Review


  1. Akbar said, "Jinnah accepted a moth-eaten Pakistan, but Nehru refused to accept a moth-eaten India."
    on Aug 18, 2009 By: MJ Akbar Source: Rediff

  2. Cowasjee writes about the nation as "this moth-eaten country of ours" and "the floundering Islamic Republic of Pakistan," and about his city as "the battered and abused city of Karachi."
    on Feb 11, 2008 By: Ardeshir Cowasjee Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "He shared the reading with Richard Burton, who turned up in a Rolls-Royce and declaimed the lines very powerfully," says Smart. "Auden himself shuffled on stage in carpet slippers, pulled a pallid sheaf of moth-eaten poems from his pocket...
    on Sep 5, 2007 By: John Smart Source: Independent

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