- exhausted, as by exertion; fatigued or sleepy: a tired runner.
- weary or bored (usually followed by of): tired of the same food every day.
- hackneyed; stale, as a joke, phrase, or sermon.
- Informal. impatient or disgusted: You make me tired.
Origin of tired1
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- having a tire or tires.
Origin of tired2
- to reduce or exhaust the strength of, as by exertion; make weary; fatigue: The long walk tired him.
- to exhaust the interest, patience, etc., of; make weary; bore: Your stories tire me.
- to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
- to have one's appreciation, interest, patience, etc., exhausted; become or be weary; become bored (usually followed by of): He soon tired of playing billiards.
- British Dialect. fatigue.
Origin of tire1
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- a ring or band of rubber, either solid or hollow and inflated, or of metal, placed over the rim of a wheel to provide traction, resistance to wear, or other desirable properties.
- a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.
- to furnish with tires.
Origin of tire2
- Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
- Obsolete. to attire or array.
- Archaic. a headdress.
- Obsolete. attire or dress.
Origin of tire3
Examples from the Web for tired
I answered his questions perfunctorily, begging off that I was soon to return to my dorm, as I was tired.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
If your ears are tired of slick auto-tuned vocals, pick up this disk for an aural detox.
But Winter is dead, Clapton is tired of life on the road, and King unreliable in concert.
Hitchcock saw human behavior fresh, even in a tired form like melodrama.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I was tired, my eyes burning from the road and kind of disoriented.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
It always feels like you—like your arms, Mtterchen—and I am tired.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Rested at Pintumbra, as there was good feed for our tired and hungry horses.Explorations in Australia
You must see that I am not in the least tired, only a little dazzled by the sun.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It's nice to be so tired, and to know one can sleep as long as one wants.
When I have time and am not too tired, I comfort myself with scribbling.
- weary; fatigued
- (foll by of)
- having lost interest in; boredI'm tired of playing cards
- having lost patience with; exasperated byI'm tired of his eternal excuses
- hackneyed; stalethe same tired old jokes
- tired and emotional euphemistic slightly drunk
- (tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
- (tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritateI'm tired of the children's chatter
- (intr) to become wearied or bored; flag
- the US spelling of tyre
- an archaic word for attire
Word Origin and History for tired
"exhausted, fatigued, weary," early 15c., past participle adjective from tire (v.).
"to weary," also "to become weary," Old English teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Related: Tired; tiring.
late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), a shortened form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early 19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.