What does the word threadbare mean?

Usage examples for threadbare

  1. Its form was still very crude, but it was nevertheless a story and a broader field for entertainment than was provided by the threadbare lives of the saints. – Paul and the Printing Press by Sara Ware Bassett
  2. I think that my bedroom carpet was threadbare and that the bed was a feather bed; at all events one slept sublimely there under the roof, under the London stars. – Far Off Things by Arthur Machen
  3. The uniform he wore showed signs of some attempt to keep it in repair, and to its threadbare collar still clung a tarnished insignia: the seven- pointed star, emblem of the enemy Allan had fought on a yesterday that was two decades gone. – When the Sleepers Woke by Arthur Leo Zagat