tired

1 [tahyuhrd]
adjective
1.
exhausted, as by exertion; fatigued or sleepy: a tired runner.
2.
weary or bored (usually followed by of ): tired of the same food every day.
3.
hackneyed; stale, as a joke, phrase, or sermon.
4.
Informal. impatient or disgusted: You make me tired.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English tyred. See tire1, -ed2


1. enervated. Tired, exhausted, fatigued, wearied, weary suggest a condition in which a large part of one's energy and vitality has been consumed. One who is tired has used up a considerable part of his or her bodily or mental resources: to feel tired at the end of the day. One who is exhausted is completely drained of energy and vitality, usually because of arduous or long-sustained effort: exhausted after a hard run. One who is fatigued has consumed energy to a point where rest and sleep are demanded: feeling rather pleasantly fatigued. One who is wearied has been under protracted exertion or strain that has gradually worn out his or her strength: wearied by a long vigil. Weary suggests a more permanent condition than wearied: weary of struggling against misfortunes.


1. rested; energetic.
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tired

2 [tahyuhrd]
adjective
having a tire or tires.

Origin:
1890–95; tire2 + -ed3

tire

1 [tahyuhr]
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:
before 900; late Middle English (Scots) tyren (v.), Old English tȳrian, variant of tēorian to weary, be wearied


2. exasperate, irk.

tire

2 [tahyuhr]
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

tire

3 [tahyuhr]
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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tire1 (ˈtaɪə)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
2.  (tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritate: I'm tired of the children's chatter
3.  (intr) to become wearied or bored; flag
 
[Old English tēorian, of unknown origin]
 
'tiring1
 
adj

tire2 (ˈtaɪə)
 
n, —vb
the US spelling of tyre

tire3 (ˈtaɪə)
 
vb, —n
an archaic word for attire

tired (ˈtaɪəd)
 
adj
1.  weary; fatigued
2.  (foll by of)
 a.  having lost interest in; bored: I'm tired of playing cards
 b.  having lost patience with; exasperated by: I'm tired of his eternal excuses
3.  hackneyed; stale: the same tired old jokes
4.  euphemistic tired and emotional slightly drunk
 
'tiredly
 
adv
 
'tiredness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

tire
"to weary," also "to become weary," O.E. teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Tiresome "tedious" is first recorded c.1500.

tire
late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), an aphetic 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.

tired
"exhausted, fatigued, weary," early 15c., pp. adj. from tire (v.).
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Idioms & Phrases

tired

In addition to the idiom beginning with tired, also see dead on one's feet (tired); sick and tired.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
He may be tired, dead tired, completely exhausted-but he must not stop marching.
But only because my husband, tired of seeing a hose out all the time, insisted.
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  you take down the tinsel.
But she was tired of asking for favors and planned to approach the
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