tired

1
[ tahyuhrd ]
/ taɪərd /

adjective

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.

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Origin of tired

1
First recorded in 1350–1400, tired is from the Middle English word tyred. See tire1, -ed2

SYNONYMS FOR tired

1 enervated. Tired, exhausted, fatigued, wearied, weary suggest a condition in which a large part of one's energy and vitality has been consumed. One who is tired has used up a considerable part of his or her bodily or mental resources: to feel tired at the end of the day. One who is exhausted is completely drained of energy and vitality, usually because of arduous or long-sustained effort: exhausted after a hard run. One who is fatigued has consumed energy to a point where rest and sleep are demanded: feeling rather pleasantly fatigued. One who is wearied has been under protracted exertion or strain that has gradually worn out his or her strength: wearied by a long vigil. Weary suggests a more permanent condition than wearied: weary of struggling against misfortunes.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tired

tired tried

Definition for tired (2 of 5)

tired2
[ tahyuh rd ]
/ taɪərd /

adjective

having a tire or tires.

Origin of tired

2
First recorded in 1890–95; tire2 + -ed3

Definition for tired (3 of 5)

tire1
[ tahyuhr ]
/ taɪər /

verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), tired, tir·ing.

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.

noun

British Dialect. fatigue.

Origin of tire

1
before 900; late Middle English (Scots) tyren (v.), Old English tȳrian, variant of tēorian to weary, be wearied

Definition for tired (4 of 5)

tire2
[ tahyuh r ]
/ taɪər /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.

to furnish with tires.
Also British, tyre.

Origin of tire

2
First recorded in 1475–85; special use of tire3

Definition for tired (5 of 5)

tire3
[ tahyuh r ]
/ taɪər /

verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.

Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
Obsolete. to attire or array.

noun

Archaic. a headdress.
Obsolete. attire or dress.

Origin of tire

3
1300–50; Middle English; aphetic variant of attire
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British Dictionary definitions for tired (1 of 4)

tired
/ (ˈtaɪəd) /

adjective

weary; fatigued
(foll by of)
  1. having lost interest in; boredI'm tired of playing cards
  2. having lost patience with; exasperated byI'm tired of his eternal excuses
hackneyed; stalethe same tired old jokes
tired and emotional euphemistic slightly drunk

Derived forms of tired

tiredly, adverbtiredness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for tired (2 of 4)

tire1
/ (ˈtaɪə) /

verb

(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

Derived forms of tire

tiring, adjective

Word Origin for tire

Old English tēorian, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for tired (3 of 4)

tire2
/ (ˈtaɪə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of tyre

British Dictionary definitions for tired (4 of 4)

tire3
/ (ˈtaɪə) /

verb, noun

an archaic word for attire
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Idioms and Phrases with tired

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