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wearing

[wair-ing] /ˈwɛər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
gradually impairing or wasting:
Reading small print can be wearing on the eyes.
2.
wearying or exhausting:
a wearing task.
3.
relating to or made for wear.
Origin of wearing
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; wear + -ing2
Related forms
wearingly, adverb
unwearing, adjective
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  • He dropped into a half-sleep in which thought continued but not wearingly.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • "I dunno's I blame him," she said slowly, as if she found it a wearingly difficult matter and meant to be entirely just.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for wearingly

wearing

/ˈwɛərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing fatigue or exhaustion; tiring
Derived Forms
wearingly, adverb
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