[ wahyuh rd ]
/ waɪərd /


Nearby words

  1. wire-haired,
  2. wire-stitch,
  3. wire-transfer,
  4. wire-wound resistor,
  5. wire-wove,
  6. wired equivalent privacy,
  7. wiredraw,
  8. wiredrawer,
  9. wiredrawn,
  10. wireframe

Origin of wired

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at wire, -ed3

Related formswell-wired, adjective

Origin of wire

before 900; Middle English wir(e) (noun), Old English wīr; cognate with Low German wīr, Old Norse vīra- wire, Old High German wiara fine goldwork

Related forms
Can be confusedwhy're wire

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British Dictionary definitions for wired


/ (waɪəd) /

adjective informal

edgy from stimulant intake
excited, nervous, or tense
using computers to send and receive information, esp via the internet


/ (waɪə) /


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formswirelike, adjective

Word Origin for wire

Old English wīr; related to Old High German wiara, Old Norse vīra, Latin viriae bracelet

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Word Origin and History for wired
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Idioms and Phrases with wired


see down to the wire; get one's wires crossed; live wire; pull strings (wires); under the wire.

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