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[tahyuh r-lis] /ˈtaɪər lɪs/
untiring; indefatigable:
a tireless worker.
Origin of tireless
First recorded in 1585-95; tire1 + -less
Related forms
tirelessly, adverb
tirelessness, noun
unwearied, industrious, hardworking, unfaltering. Unabridged
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  • All the best work is done this way by tiny, tireless and regular additions, preserving in memory what you think and see.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • Electricity must be studied; and then it becomes an obedient, tireless servant.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • In each memory of her he felt the fresh assault of a new and tireless foe—the love which he must deny.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • In these campaigns of justice, he was tireless, inexhaustible, insatiable.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • Slowly, as though his tireless limbs had grown suddenly old, Spurrier mounted and rode on with reins hanging.

British Dictionary definitions for tireless


unable to be tired; indefatigable
Derived Forms
tirelessly, adverb
tirelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tireless

1590s, "indefatigable," from tire (v.) + -less. From 1862 in the sense "without a tire," from tire (n.). Related: Tirelessly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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