- 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 tiring
This breakdown of Lauer's schedule from The New York Times sounded almost as tiring as some of the Olympic events.The Good, the Bad, and the Pink Eye
February 23, 2014
“All of this is difficult and tiring for us,” says civil protection head Gabrielli.Costa Concordia Mess Widens With Salvage Team, Criminal Probe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 24, 2012
Clean, sober and remarried, Beck was tiring of the bubble-gum Top-40 morning-zoo format.Glenn Beck's Dark Past
January 22, 2010
The perpetual bizarre beauty of the scene was tiring to the youth.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Kirsty was in no danger of tiring of the even flow of her life.Heather and Snow
That's what is good, after tiring one's self out for twenty years!L'Assommoir
His had been a tiring day and the strain upon his own nerves not slight.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
That 'tiring' business is some more of that doctor's foolishness.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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 tiring
"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.