weary

[ weer-ee ]
/ ˈwɪər i /

adjective, wea·ri·er, wea·ri·est.

physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired: weary eyes; a weary brain.
characterized by or causing fatigue: a weary journey.
impatient or dissatisfied with something (often followed by of): weary of excuses.
characterized by or causing impatience or dissatisfaction; tedious; irksome: a weary wait.

verb (used with or without object), wea·ried, wea·ry·ing.

to make or become weary; fatigue or tire: The long hours of work have wearied me.
to make or grow impatient or dissatisfied with something or at having too much of something (often followed by of): The long drive had wearied us of desert scenery. We had quickly wearied at such witless entertainment.

Origin of weary

before 900; (adj.) Middle English wery, Old English wērig; cognate with Old Saxon -wōrig; akin to Old English wōrian to crumble, break down, totter; (v.) Middle English werien, Old English wēr(i)gian, derivative of the adj.

SYNONYMS FOR weary

1 spent. See tired1.
4 tiresome, wearisome.
5 exhaust.
6 irk; jade.

Related forms

Can be confused

wary weary leery
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British Dictionary definitions for weary

weary

/ (ˈwɪərɪ) /

adjective -rier or -riest

tired or exhausted
causing fatigue or exhaustion
caused by or suggestive of wearinessa weary laugh
(postpositive; often foll by of or with) discontented or bored, esp by the long continuance of something

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

to make or become weary
to make or become discontented or impatient, esp by the long continuance of something

Derived Forms

wearily, adverbweariness, nounwearying, adjectivewearyingly, adverb

Word Origin for weary

Old English wērig; related to Old Saxon wōrig, Old High German wuorag drunk, Greek hōrakian to faint
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