Also found in: Dictionary.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • adj

Synonyms for worm-eaten

infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms

Related Words

References in classic literature ?
All broken, and worm-eaten, and crumbling to dust at the edges.
It was a collection of mere hovels: some, hastily built with loose bricks: others, of old worm-eaten ship-timber: jumbled together without any attempt at order or arrangement, and planted, for the most part, within a few feet of the river's bank.
At length an old, worm-eaten shutter was opened, or rather pushed ajar, but closed again as soon as the light from a miserable lamp which burned in the corner had shone upon the baldric, sword belt, and pistol pommels of D'Artagnan.
The room in which this group were now assembled--hard by the very chamber where the act was done--dull, dark, and sombre; heavy with worm-eaten books; deadened and shut in by faded hangings, muffling every sound; shadowed mournfully by trees whose rustling boughs gave ever and anon a spectral knocking at the glass; wore, beyond all others in the house, a ghostly, gloomy air.
These were all the verses that could be deciphered; the rest, the writing being worm-eaten, were handed over to one of the Academicians to make out their meaning conjecturally.
The stock was half rotten and worm-eaten; the lock was as rusty and about as well adapted to its ostensible purpose as an old door-hinge; the threading of the screws about the trigger was completely worn away; while the barrel shook in the wood.
By the dim light of an accidental lamp, tall, antique, worm-eaten, wooden tenements were seen tottering to their fall, in directions so many and capricious that scarce the semblance of a passage was discernible between them.
His Editorship Roy was recently being unreasonable and complaining about, as he called them, "Your worm-eaten targets." Hence, modern adhesive backed targets of the "indicating" kind were acquired.
The commissary generals complained again and again of mouldy bread, weevily biscuit, rancid butter, sour flour, worm-eaten pease, and maggoty beej.
A long table was made of strips of worm-eaten wood to show the beauty of imperfections.
A flash of the personal tucked into a colophon; the colophon framed with casual undulating lines; these doodles at odds with the meticulous pages of Italian-style Hebrew calligraphy that follow in young Nachman's compilation of the work of Rabbi Abraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra, the great medieval Spanish grammarian and commentator on the Bible; the text, in several places, blacked out, FBI-style, by Vatican censors, as was commonplace in mid-16th-century Italy; the pages worm-eaten, almost translucent, and bound in creamy velum: Here is an early Hebrew manuscript like dozenshundredsof other early Hebrew manuscripts.
If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall!
To get things started, it helps to first look at truly worm-eaten wood.
We live in sight of Warkworth Castle; Shakespeare's 'worm-eaten hold of ragged stone where Hotspur's father old Northumberland lies crafty sick' and our 1930s semi hardly compares for longevity.
Extracted themes include: "because since childhood, I haven't brushed and taken too much nuts, my teeth become worm-eaten (17 year old high school girl) "since I haven't cared my teeth very well and sometimes I've broken pistachio & hazel nut with my teeth, my teeth got decayed & I drink very cold drink sometimes.