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tire1

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
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, tiring.
3.
to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
4.
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.
noun
5.
British Dialect. fatigue.
Origin of tire1
late Middle English
900
before 900; late Middle English (Scots) tyren (v.), Old English tȳrian, variant of tēorian to weary, be wearied
Synonyms
2. exasperate, irk.

tire2

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
noun
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, tiring.
3.
to furnish with tires.
Also, British, tyre.
Origin
First recorded in 1475-85; special use of tire3

tire3

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
1.
Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
2.
Obsolete. to attire or array.
noun
3.
Archaic. a headdress.
4.
Obsolete. attire or dress.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; aphetic variant of attire
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  • The perpetual bizarre beauty of the scene was tiring to the youth.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Kirsty was in no danger of tiring of the even flow of her life.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • That's what is good, after tiring one's self out for twenty years!

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • His had been a tiring day and the strain upon his own nerves not slight.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • That 'tiring' business is some more of that doctor's foolishness.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Of Esther he could not think, save in a tiring, bewildered way.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • A tiring woman will wait upon you to robe you for your bridal.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for tiring

tire1

/ˈtaɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
2.
(transitive; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritate: I'm tired of the children's chatter
3.
(intransitive) to become wearied or bored; flag
Derived Forms
tiring, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tēorian, of unknown origin

tire2

/ˈtaɪə/
noun, verb
1.
the US spelling of tyre

tire3

/ˈtaɪə/
verb, noun
1.
an archaic word for attire
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Word Origin and History for tiring

tire

v.

"to weary," also "to become weary," Old English teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Related: Tired; tiring.

tire

n.

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
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tiring in Medicine

tiring tir·ing (tīr'ĭng)
n.
See cerclage.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tiring

tire

Related Terms

flat tire, spare tire

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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