- 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 weary
But the man appears so weary that I decide to skip the dull stuff and get to the heat.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Gays observe hetero-excitement over the lumbersexual with a weary eyeroll.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’
November 12, 2014
But peering more closely at the photograph, taken this August, his weary brown eyes reveal a darker truth.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
August 27, 2014
Each experience—like so many others in her life—left her wounded, weary, adrift.Maya Angelou Knew How To Inspire As A Writer, Teacher, and Great Human Being
May 28, 2014
His weary comment on the crisis sums up the feelings of many of his compatriots.On the Front Lines in Ukraine’s Info War
April 24, 2014
Weary and restless with vain waiting, they looked from the doorway at the weather.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Unwashed and unshaven, he saunters moodily about, weary and dejected.Sunday under Three Heads
More than a haven for the weary, it is a hope for the brave.
I want to eat when I am hungry, sleep when I am weary, drink—well, any old time.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The happiest of us has been weary of her many a time and oft.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- 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 weary
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.
Old English wergian (intransitive), gewergian (transitive), from the source of weary (adj.). Related: Wearied; wearying.