Definition of threadbare:
tattered, seedy, ragged, excite, musty, shoddy, scrubby, overworked, tired, usual, tatty, overused, broken-down, shabby, worn, dull, everyday, scruffy, platitudinal, warmed-over, sleazy, banal, dingy, timeworn, platitudinous, stale, tacky, hackneyed, rundown, mangy, decrepit, shopworn, stereotypical, tedious, bedraggled, trite, faded, better, seedy, commonplace, down-at-heel, stock, poor, common, bromidic, corny, well-worn, ratty, dilapidated, decaying, old-hat, stereotyped, stale, shabby, unoriginal, stereotypic, worn-out.
- "Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia", Maturin M. Ballou.
- "The Greater Inclination", Edith Wharton.
- "The Portal of Dreams", Charles Neville Buck.