- physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired: weary eyes; a weary brain.
- characterized by or causing fatigue: a weary journey.
- impatient or dissatisfied with something (often followed by of): weary of excuses.
- characterized by or causing impatience or dissatisfaction; tedious; irksome: a weary wait.
- to make or become weary; fatigue or tire: The long hours of work have wearied me.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for weariness
And you can sense the weariness in Royko when he says he would like to walk away from it all and try to write a comic novel.The Stacks: John Schulian’s Classic Profile of Newspaper Columnist Mike Royko
January 5, 2014
Many of our leaders and pundits complain about the weariness and wariness of war, but the nature of conflict has changed.The Essential Spy Guide
Henry A. Crumpton
May 2, 2013
I have to admit, and in the face of all my weariness and skepticism, I like the idea.Life In Common
July 2, 2012
The style is elegant and understated, the aura of weariness and mortality extremely powerful.Scorsese's Favorite Gangster Movies
September 8, 2010
She returned and sat again at the table, and the mood vanished in weariness.Weighed and Wanting
He was oppressed with his weariness, and he longed for peace and ease of mind to come to him.Life in London
Garson answered with a note of weariness that was unlike him.Within the Law
She was not herself, of course, what with strain and weariness.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Byron was a symbolic figure, but his relations were to the passion of his age and its weariness of passion.De Profundis
- tired or exhausted
- causing fatigue or exhaustion
- caused by or suggestive of wearinessa weary laugh
- (postpositive; often foll by of or with) discontented or bored, esp by the long continuance of something
- to make or become weary
- to make or become discontented or impatient, esp by the long continuance of something
Word Origin and History for weariness
Old English wergian (intransitive), gewergian (transitive), from the source of weary (adj.). Related: Wearied; wearying.
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.