- to reduce or exhaust the strength of, as by exertion; make weary; fatigue: The long walk tired him.
- to exhaust the interest, patience, etc., of; make weary; bore: Your stories tire me.
- to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
- to have one's appreciation, interest, patience, etc., exhausted; become or be weary; become bored (usually followed by of): He soon tired of playing billiards.
- British Dialect. fatigue.
Origin of tire1
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- a ring or band of rubber, either solid or hollow and inflated, or of metal, placed over the rim of a wheel to provide traction, resistance to wear, or other desirable properties.
- a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.
- to furnish with tires.
Origin of tire2
- Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
- Obsolete. to attire or array.
- Archaic. a headdress.
- Obsolete. attire or dress.
Origin of tire3
Examples from the Web for tire
Who knew explaining how to change a tire and back out of a ditch could be so seductive?The Golden West Up for Grabs: ‘Painted Horses’ Is the Next Great Western Novel
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The two U.S. entities, along with the RDIF, last year acquired a majority interest in a leading Russian tire maker, Voltyre-Prom.Exclusive: Did This Manhattan Firm Help Shield a Russian Fund From Sanctions?
November 10, 2014
Eventually, even the most enthusiastic diner will tire of going to his restaurant.Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline
October 23, 2014
An untold number of gay Iranians, like Ali, tire of the harassment, fear and hiding, and leave Iran permanently.A Maple Syrup Mecca for Iran’s Gays
August 10, 2014
And she memorably threatens her boys with a tire iron when they aim to strike out on their own.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
Would he annoy her, enrage her perhaps, or even worse, tire her?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Cost me thirteen dollars to repair one; vulcanize the tire, y'see.
Why didn't he go outside and get things ready for the tire setting?In the Midst of Alarms
I couldn't be a doll, for men to look at and then tire of me.
Or they might tire of the Nile, and wish to tear back to Cairo by train.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- (tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
- (tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritateI'm tired of the children's chatter
- (intr) to become wearied or bored; flag
- the US spelling of tyre
- an archaic word for attire
Word Origin and History for tire
"to weary," also "to become weary," Old English teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Related: Tired; tiring.
late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), a shortened form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early 19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.