[ wair-ing ]
/ ˈwɛər ɪŋ /


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

Related forms

wear·ing·ly, adverbun·wear·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for wearingly

  • He dropped into a half-sleep in which thought continued but not wearingly.

    The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
  • "I dunno's I blame him," she said slowly, as if she found it a wearingly difficult matter and meant to be entirely just.

    Old Crow|Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for wearingly


/ (ˈwɛərɪŋ) /


causing fatigue or exhaustion; tiring

Derived Forms

wearingly, adverb
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