[tahyuh r]

noun, verb (used with object), tyred, tyr·ing. British.


[tahyuh r]


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

First recorded in 1475–85; special use of tire3
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Examples from the Web for tyred

Historical Examples of tyred

  • Smoothly and quickly the tyred wheels bore him on out to infinity.

    The King of Alsander

    James Elroy Flecker

  • Tew tyred to eat, tew; and the water hyar is regularly pisen; hev you-all seen it?

    The Woman Who Toils

    Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst

  • "Why, what an ungrateful creature you are," cried the landlord of the Tyred Inn, for that was who the pudgy little old fellow was.

British Dictionary definitions for tyred




(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 Formstiring, adjective

Word Origin for tire

Old English tēorian, of unknown origin



noun, verb

the US spelling of tyre



verb, noun

an archaic word for attire


US tire


a rubber ring placed over the rim of a wheel of a road vehicle to provide traction and reduce road shocks, esp a hollow inflated ring (pneumatic tyre) consisting of a reinforced outer casing enclosing an inner tubeSee also tubeless tyre, cross-ply, radial-ply
a ring of wear-resisting steel shrunk thermally onto a cast-iron railway wheel
a metal band or hoop attached to the rim of a wooden cartwheel


(tr) to fit a tyre or tyres to (a wheel, vehicle, etc)

Word Origin for tyre

C18: variant of C15 tire, probably from tire ³




a port in S Lebanon, on the Mediterranean: founded about the 15th century bc; for centuries a major Phoenician seaport, famous for silks and its Tyrian-purple dye; now a small market town. Pop: 141 000 (2005 est)Arabic name: Sur
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Word Origin and History for tyred



"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.



variant spelling of tire (n.), chiefly British English.

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