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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
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

[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.
Also, British, tyre.
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
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Examples from the web for tire
  • Low tire pressure increases fuel consumption, speeds up tire wear and can change a car's handling from precise to mushy.
  • And psychologists and economists seemingly never tire of pointing this out to us.
  • Pundits never tire of dissecting the president's personality.
  • Anyone who has tried to replace a punctured tire or fix a leaky faucet knows the importance of having the right tool for the job.
  • tire slippage can occur on wet or icy highways, which wastes energy and decreases fuel economy.
  • The tire has another thin tube running around the outside.
  • It is instructive to note that the people who are there only for mischief or jokes quickly tire out.
  • The money was hidden in a spare tire attached underneath the truck.
  • Tread is a brand which sells recycled bags fashioned from old truck tire inner-tubes.
  • To explain their lateness, they tell the professor they had a flat tire.
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

tyre

/ˈtaɪə/
noun
1.
a rubber ring placed over the rim of a wheel of a road vehicle to provide traction and reduce road shocks, esp a hollow inflated ring (pneumatic tyre) consisting of a reinforced outer casing enclosing an inner tube See also tubeless tyre, cross-ply, radial-ply
2.
a ring of wear-resisting steel shrunk thermally onto a cast-iron railway wheel
3.
a metal band or hoop attached to the rim of a wooden cartwheel
verb
4.
(transitive) to fit a tyre or tyres to (a wheel, vehicle, etc)
Word Origin
C18: variant of C15 tire, probably from tire³
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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.

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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.
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