wearing

[ wair-ing ]
/ ˈwɛər ɪŋ /

adjective

gradually impairing or wasting: Reading small print can be wearing on the eyes.
wearying or exhausting: a wearing task.
relating to or made for wear.

Origin of wearing

First recorded in 1805–15; wear + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM wearing

wear·ing·ly, adverbun·wear·ing, adjective

Definition for wearing (2 of 2)

Origin of wear

before 900; (v.) Middle English weren to have (clothes) on the body, waste, damage, suffer waste or damage, Old English werian; cognate with Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan to clothe; (noun) late Middle English were act of carrying on the body, derivative of the v.; akin to Latin vestis clothing (see vest)

OTHER WORDS FROM wear

wear·er, nounre·wear, verb, re·wore, re·worn, re·wear·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for wearing (1 of 4)

wearing
/ (ˈwɛərɪŋ) /

adjective

causing fatigue or exhaustion; tiring

Derived forms of wearing

wearingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for wearing (2 of 4)

Wear
/ (wɪə) /

noun

a river in NE England, rising in NW Durham and flowing southeast then northeast to the North Sea at Sunderland. Length: 105 km (65 miles)

British Dictionary definitions for wearing (3 of 4)

wear1
/ (wɛə) /

verb wears, wearing, wore or worn

noun

Derived forms of wear

wearer, noun

Word Origin for wear

Old English werian; related to Old High German werien, Old Norse verja, Gothic vasjan

British Dictionary definitions for wearing (4 of 4)

wear2
/ (wɛə) /

verb wears, wearing, wore or worn

nautical to tack by gybing instead of by going through stays

Word Origin for wear

C17: from earlier weare, of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with wearing

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