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