follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

tire1

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
1.
to reduce or exhaust the strength of, as by exertion; make weary; fatigue:
The long walk tired him.
2.
to exhaust the interest, patience, etc., of; make weary; bore:
Your stories tire me.
verb (used without object), tired, tiring.
3.
to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
4.
to have one's appreciation, interest, patience, etc., exhausted; become or be weary; become bored (usually followed by of):
He soon tired of playing billiards.
noun
5.
British Dialect. fatigue.
Origin of tire1
late Middle English
900
before 900; late Middle English (Scots) tyren (v.), Old English tȳrian, variant of tēorian to weary, be wearied
Synonyms
2. exasperate, irk.

tire2

or (British) tyre

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
noun
1.
a ring or band of rubber, either solid or hollow and inflated, or of metal, placed over the rim of a wheel to provide traction, resistance to wear, or other desirable properties.
2.
a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
3.
to furnish with tires.
Origin
1475-85; special use of tire3

tire3

[tahyuh r] /taɪər/
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
1.
Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
2.
Obsolete. to attire or array.
noun
3.
Archaic. a headdress.
4.
Obsolete. attire or dress.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; aphetic variant of attire
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for tire
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Do not tire Him out, for if he calls for the axe, there is no hope.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • I couldn't be a doll, for men to look at and then tire of me.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The tire cost is deducted in figuring the interest charges because this item is covered under running expenses.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods Frederick Malcolm Knapp
  • Cost me thirteen dollars to repair one; vulcanize the tire, y'see.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The canary creeper is another plant, which is so airy and graceful that one never seems to tire of it.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
British Dictionary definitions for tire

tire1

/ˈtaɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
2.
(transitive; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritate: I'm tired of the children's chatter
3.
(intransitive) to become wearied or bored; flag
Derived Forms
tiring, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tēorian, of unknown origin

tire2

/ˈtaɪə/
noun, verb
1.
the US spelling of tyre

tire3

/ˈtaɪə/
verb, noun
1.
an archaic word for attire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tire
v.

"to weary," also "to become weary," Old English teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Related: Tired; tiring.

n.

late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), a shortened form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early 19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for tire

tip the elbow

Related Terms

bend the elbow

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tire

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tire

4
4
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for tire