[ wurld-weer-ee ]
See synonyms for: world-wearyworld-weariness on

  1. weary of the world; bored with existence, material pleasures, etc.

Origin of world-weary

First recorded in 1760–70

Other words from world-weary

  • world-wea·ri·ness, noun

Words Nearby world-weary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use world-weary in a sentence

  • At an age when other young men affect to be blasé and world weary he was delightfully and fearlessly boyish.

    Robert Louis Stevenson | Margaret Moyes Black
  • Merle, with his world-weary gesture, swept the impeding lock from his pale brow and set pained eyes upon his father by adoption.

    The Wrong Twin | Harry Leon Wilson
  • The other moral defect in this early work was its world-weary cynicism, which was simply foolish in so young a writer.

    Essays on Modern Novelists | William Lyon Phelps
  • What a world-weary sentiment for one so young and doubtless so fair.

British Dictionary definitions for world-weary


  1. no longer finding pleasure in living; tired of the world

Derived forms of world-weary

  • world-weariness, noun

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