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[tahyuh rd]
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  1. exhausted, as by exertion; fatigued or sleepy: a tired runner.
  2. weary or bored (usually followed by of): tired of the same food every day.
  3. hackneyed; stale, as a joke, phrase, or sermon.
  4. Informal. impatient or disgusted: You make me tired.

Origin of tired1

First recorded in 1350–1400, tired is from the Middle English word tyred. See tire1, -ed2
Can be confusedtired tried


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1. enervated. Tired, exhausted, fatigued, wearied, weary suggest a condition in which a large part of one's energy and vitality has been consumed. One who is tired has used up a considerable part of his or her bodily or mental resources: to feel tired at the end of the day. One who is exhausted is completely drained of energy and vitality, usually because of arduous or long-sustained effort: exhausted after a hard run. One who is fatigued has consumed energy to a point where rest and sleep are demanded: feeling rather pleasantly fatigued. One who is wearied has been under protracted exertion or strain that has gradually worn out his or her strength: wearied by a long vigil. Weary suggests a more permanent condition than wearied: weary of struggling against misfortunes.


1. rested; energetic.


[tahyuh rd]
  1. having a tire or tires.

Origin of tired2

First recorded in 1890–95; tire2 + -ed3


[tahyuh r]
verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.
  1. to reduce or exhaust the strength of, as by exertion; make weary; fatigue: The long walk tired him.
  2. to exhaust the interest, patience, etc., of; make weary; bore: Your stories tire me.
verb (used without object), tired, tir·ing.
  1. to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
  2. 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.
  1. British Dialect. fatigue.

Origin of tire1

before 900; late Middle English (Scots) tyren (v.), Old English tȳrian, variant of tēorian to weary, be wearied


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2. exasperate, irk.


[tahyuh r]
  1. 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.
  2. a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.
verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.
  1. to furnish with tires.
Also British, tyre.

Origin of tire2

First recorded in 1475–85; special use of tire3


[tahyuh r]
verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.
  1. Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
  2. Obsolete. to attire or array.
  1. Archaic. a headdress.
  2. Obsolete. attire or dress.

Origin of tire3

1300–50; Middle English; aphetic variant of attire
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Examples from the Web for tired

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  • It always feels like you—like your arms, Mtterchen—and I am tired.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Rested at Pintumbra, as there was good feed for our tired and hungry horses.

  • You must see that I am not in the least tired, only a little dazzled by the sun.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • It's nice to be so tired, and to know one can sleep as long as one wants.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • When I have time and am not too tired, I comfort myself with scribbling.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for tired


  1. weary; fatigued
  2. (foll by of)
    1. having lost interest in; boredI'm tired of playing cards
    2. having lost patience with; exasperated byI'm tired of his eternal excuses
  3. hackneyed; stalethe same tired old jokes
  4. tired and emotional euphemistic slightly drunk
Derived Formstiredly, adverbtiredness, noun


  1. (tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
  2. (tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritateI'm tired of the children's chatter
  3. (intr) to become wearied or bored; flag
Derived Formstiring, adjective

Word Origin

Old English tēorian, of unknown origin


noun, verb
  1. the US spelling of tyre


verb, noun
  1. an archaic word for attire
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Word Origin and History for tired


"exhausted, fatigued, weary," early 15c., past participle adjective from tire (v.).



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tired


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