[ ig-zaw-sting ]
/ ɪgˈzɔ stɪŋ /


producing or tending to produce fatigue, weariness, or the like: an exhausting day; an exhausting child.

Origin of exhausting

First recorded in 1530–40; exhaust + -ing2

Related forms

ex·haust·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for exhausting (2 of 2)


[ ig-zawst ]
/ ɪgˈzɔst /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to pass out or escape, as spent steam from the cylinder of an engine.

noun Machinery.

Origin of exhaust

1515–25; 1895–1900 for def 11; < Latin exhaustus emptied out, drained out, past participle of exhaurīre

Related forms

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/ (ɪɡˈzɔːst) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Forms

Word Origin for exhaust

C16: from Latin exhaustus made empty, from exhaurīre to draw out, from haurīre to draw, drain
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