wearing

[ wair-ing ]
/ ˈwɛər ɪŋ /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. wearable tech,
  2. wearable technology,
  3. wearer,
  4. weariful,
  5. weariless,
  6. wearing apparel,
  7. wearing course,
  8. wearingly,
  9. wearisome,
  10. wearproof

Origin of wearing

First recorded in 1805–15; wear + -ing2

Related formswear·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

wearing

/ (ˈwɛərɪŋ) /

adjective

causing fatigue or exhaustion; tiring
Derived Formswearingly, adverb

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