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[oh-ver-tahyuh r]
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verb (used with or without object), o·ver·tired, o·ver·tir·ing.
  1. to tire to the point of exhaustion; tire out.
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Origin of overtire

First recorded in 1550–60; over- + tire1
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Examples from the Web for overtired

Historical Examples

  • Always afraid he was, that I would be gettin' overtired or something.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys

    Gulielma Zollinger

  • Mrs. Wilcox had been overtired by the shopping, and was inclined to hysteria.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He was overtired with his walk of the day before, and then ate something that disagreed with him.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • The news of the suicide came to him when he was overtired from work.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • She was so silent all the way home that her companions were sure she was overtired.

    A Little Maid of Ticonderoga

    Alice Turner Curtis

British Dictionary definitions for overtired


  1. extremely tired; exhaustedovertired and overworked
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Word Origin and History for overtired



1550s, from over- + tire (v.). Related: Overtired; overtiring.

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