- to make or become unfit or useless through hard or extended use: to wear out clothes.
- to expend, consume, or remove, especially slowly or gradually.
- to exhaust, as by continued strain; weary: This endless bickering is wearing me out.
Idioms about wear
- to diminish; weaken: My patience is wearing thin.
- to become less appealing, interesting, tolerable, etc.: childish antics that soon wore thin.
Origin of wear
OTHER WORDS FROM wearwearer, nounre·wear, verb, re·wore, re·worn, re·wear·ing.
Words nearby wear
How to use wear in a sentence
The next dry day, she invariably looked worse for wear, as if she’d been shivering since our last encounter.How a sickly squirrel offered me unexpected comfort|Pam Spritzer|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
They also suffer from far less wear and tear over the course of their lifespan.Best mechanical keyboard: Game, code, type, and work smoother and faster|PopSci Commerce Team|February 4, 2021|Popular-Science
It wouldn’t be unlike the shoewear company to promote a new technology for everyday wear and then incorporate it into their other shoe lines.Nike’s lace-free sneakers offer a perfect fit you simply step into|Claire Maldarelli|February 2, 2021|Popular-Science
Then when I was pregnant with my son, working at the UN, and unable to find professional maternity wear that was long-lasting, sustainable, and comfortable, I realized there is a huge gap in the market here.The future of maternity workwear is all in the details|Rachel King|January 31, 2021|Fortune
Microscopic wear and polish on a worn section of the Tabun stone resulted from it having been ground or rubbed against relatively soft material, such as animal hides or plants, the scientists conclude in the January Journal of Human Evolution.The oldest known abrading tool was used around 350,000 years ago|Bruce Bower|January 21, 2021|Science News
Growing up as a teen in the 1960s, she had yearned to wear the same clothes her girlfriends wore.
You had a great line in your piece on Geoffrey Beene about the “genre” of evening wear.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a country where women are allowed to wear one of 14 hairstyles.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom|Lizzie Crocker|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of the staff who work at this hotel are North Korean and wear traditional North Korean dresses.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yes, your German Shepherd Buster can wear his own health tracker.
She fixed her imploring eyes on the Virgin's face and on the saints; but all seemed to her to wear a forbidding look.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
At home Liszt doesn't wear his long abb's coat, but a short one, in which he looks much more artistic.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
To travelers blessed with golden sunshine, the Rhine may wear a grander, nobler aspect, and to such I leave it.
"I bought them boots to wear only when I go into genteel society," said one of the codfish tribe, to a wag, the other day.
The Swiss are freemen, and wear the fact unconsciously but palpably on their brows and beaming from their eyes.
British Dictionary definitions for wear (1 of 3)
- anything designed to be wornleisure wear
- (in combination)nightwear
Derived forms of wearwearer, noun
Word Origin for wear
British Dictionary definitions for wear (2 of 3)
Word Origin for wear
British Dictionary definitions for wear (3 of 3)
Other Idioms and Phrases with wear
In addition to the idioms beginning with wear
- wear and tear
- wear another hat
- wear down
- wear off
- wear one's heart on one's sleeve
- wear out
- wear out one's welcome
- wear the pants
- wear thin
- wear two hats
- wear well
- hair shirt, wear a
- if the shoe fits, wear it
- none the worse for (wear)
- worse for wear