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weary

[weer-ee] /ˈwɪər i/
adjective, wearier, weariest.
1.
physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired:
weary eyes; a weary brain.
2.
characterized by or causing fatigue:
a weary journey.
3.
impatient or dissatisfied with something (often followed by of):
weary of excuses.
4.
characterized by or causing impatience or dissatisfaction; tedious; irksome:
a weary wait.
verb (used with or without object), wearied, wearying.
5.
to make or become weary; fatigue or tire:
The long hours of work have wearied me.
6.
to make or grow impatient or dissatisfied with something or at having too much of something (often followed by of):
The long drive had wearied us of desert scenery. We had quickly wearied at such witless entertainment.
Origin of weary
900
before 900; (adj.) Middle English wery, Old English wērig; cognate with Old Saxon -wōrig; akin to Old English wōrian to crumble, break down, totter; (v.) Middle English werien, Old English wēr(i)gian, derivative of the adj.
Related forms
wearily, adverb
weariness, noun
wearyingly, adverb
outweary, verb (used with object), outwearied, outwearying.
self-weariness, noun
self-weary, adjective
unweary, adjective
unwearying, adjective
Can be confused
wary, weary, leery.
Synonyms
1. spent. See tired1 . 4. tiresome, wearisome. 5. exhaust. 6. irk; jade.
Antonyms
1. energetic. 4. interesting. 6. interest.
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  • The mother had dragged her wearied body out for a day of "light" work.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The trail found itself under my feet; I was not in the least wearied.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • He had been lightly hooked on the angle of the right jaw, and the hook had not wearied him.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • wearied, he deposited himself sulkily in an armchair by the hearth.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He devoured her with his eyes, sighed, and wearied her with prayers and reproaches.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • The attitude of the horse was one of extreme and wearied dejection.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for wearied

weary

/ˈwɪərɪ/
adjective -rier, -riest
1.
tired or exhausted
2.
causing fatigue or exhaustion
3.
caused by or suggestive of weariness: a weary laugh
4.
(postpositive; often foll by of or with) discontented or bored, esp by the long continuance of something
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
5.
to make or become weary
6.
to make or become discontented or impatient, esp by the long continuance of something
Derived Forms
wearily, adverb
weariness, noun
wearying, adjective
wearyingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English wērig; related to Old Saxon wōrig, Old High German wuorag drunk, Greek hōrakian to faint
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Word Origin and History for wearied

weary

v.

Old English wergian (intransitive), gewergian (transitive), from the source of weary (adj.). Related: Wearied; wearying.

weary

adj.

Old English werig "tired," related to worian "to wander, totter," from West Germanic *worigaz (cf. Old Saxon worig "weary," Old High German wuorag "intoxicated"), of unknown origin.

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