- 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.
Origin of fatigue
Synonyms for fatigue
Origin of fatigue clothes
Related Words for fatiguesweakness, lethargy, weariness, exhaust, jade, disable, weaken, debility, feebleness, heaviness, listlessness, languor, ennui, enervation, dullness, lassitude, exhaustion, faintness, sink, drain
Examples from the Web for fatigues
Contemporary Examples of fatigues
Suddenly, a figure jumps out of a bush dressed head-to-toe in Army fatigues wielding a giant baseball bat.Rob Lowe's Memoir Revealed
April 25, 2011
Historical Examples of fatigues
Has the fair Aurelia recovered from the last night's fatigues?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
In my opinion, there are no fatigues in the exercises but what are more easy and more agreeable.
This meal gave us all additional strength to support our fatigues.Perils and Captivity
Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
Arrived at Lambeth, he was left to repose after his fatigues and excitements.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
The younger sister had no estimate of her older sister's fatigues.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
- 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.