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tired1

[tahyuh rd] /taɪərd/
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
1350-1400; Middle English tyred. See tire1, -ed2
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. rested; energetic.

tired2

[tahyuh rd] /taɪərd/
adjective
1.
having a tire or tires.
Origin
1890-95; tire2 + -ed3

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
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 for tired
  • He may be tired, dead tired, completely exhausted-but he must not stop marching.
  • He dresses in his father's shooting tweeds or worn-out corduroy trousers and tired cashmere sweaters.
  • But only because my husband, tired of seeing a hose out all the time, insisted.
  • Nothing obviously seasonal about it, so you won't get tired of it by the time you take down the tinsel.
  • But she was tired of asking for favors and planned to approach the financial-aid office about an emergency loan.
  • Students are tired, and maybe they aren't doing their best work.
  • Low on food and tired of the quixotic rule of the autocratic master of the ship, they rebelled.
  • And readers never tired of the joy of having something tasty to eat when having little or nothing to eat was more often the case.
  • When he reached safety he said he was a little tired.
  • But the book was much more than a fairy tale unshackled from moralistic imperatives and tired fantastical creatures.
British Dictionary definitions for tired

tired

/ˈtaɪəd/
adjective
1.
weary; fatigued
2.
(foll by of)
  1. having lost interest in; bored I'm tired of playing cards
  2. 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
Derived Forms
tiredly, adverb
tiredness, noun

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
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Word Origin and History for tired
adj.

"exhausted, fatigued, weary," early 15c., past participle adjective from tire (v.).

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 tired

tire

Related Terms

flat tire, spare tire


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