- labor of a generally nonmilitary kind done by soldiers, such as cleaning up an area, digging drainage ditches, or raking leaves.
- the state of being engaged in such labor: on fatigue.
verb (used with object), fa·tigued, fa·ti·guing.
verb (used without object), fa·tigued, fa·ti·guing.
- fatigue clothes,
- fatigue fracture,
- fatigue life,
- fatigue limit,
- fatigue ratio
Origin of fatigue
Origin of fatigue clothes
Examples from the Web for fatigues
Suddenly, a figure jumps out of a bush dressed head-to-toe in Army fatigues wielding a giant baseball bat.
He was strongly urged to remain a while and rest from his fatigues.Alone|Norman Douglas
Fitzarnulph, wearied with the fatigues of the day, retired to rest, but for many hours sleep did not visit his pillow.Runnymede and Lincoln Fair|J.G. Edgar
In chat and story they forget the fatigues and dangers of a soldier's life.Old Farm Fairies:|Henry Christopher McCook
- any of the mainly domestic duties performed by military personnel, esp as a punishment
- (as modifier)fatigue duties
verb -tigues, -tiguing or -tigued
Word Origin for fatigue
"extra duties of a soldier," 1776, from fatigue. As a military clothing outfit, from 1836, short for fatigue dress (1833).
1660s, "that which causes weariness," from French fatigue "weariness," from fatiguer "to tire," from Latin fatigare, originally "to cause to break down," later, "to weary, fatigue, tire out," from pre-Latin adj. *fati-agos "driving to the point of breakdown," from Old Latin *fatis (of unknown origin, related to adv. affatim "sufficiently" and to fatisci "crack, split") + root of agere "to drive" (see act (n.)). Meaning "weariness from exertion" is from 1719.
1690s, from French fatiguer (15c.), from fatigue (see fatigue (n.). Earlier in same sense was fatigate (1530s). Related: Fatigued; fatiguing.