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weary

[weer-ee] /ˈwɪər i/
adjective, wearier, weariest.
1.
physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired:
weary eyes; a weary brain.
2.
characterized by or causing fatigue:
a weary journey.
3.
impatient or dissatisfied with something (often followed by of):
weary of excuses.
4.
characterized by or causing impatience or dissatisfaction; tedious; irksome:
a weary wait.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), wearied, wearying.
5.
to make or become weary; fatigue or tire:
The long hours of work have wearied me.
6.
to make or grow impatient or dissatisfied with something or at having too much of something (often followed by of):
The long drive had wearied us of desert scenery. We had quickly wearied at such witless entertainment.
Origin
900
before 900; (adj.) Middle English wery, Old English wērig; cognate with Old Saxon -wōrig; akin to Old English wōrian to crumble, break down, totter; (v.) Middle English werien, Old English wēr(i)gian, derivative of the adj.
Related forms
wearily, adverb
weariness, noun
wearyingly, adverb
outweary, verb (used with object), outwearied, outwearying.
self-weariness, noun
self-weary, adjective
unweary, adjective
unwearying, adjective
Can be confused
wary, weary, leery.
Synonyms
1. spent. See tired1 . 4. tiresome, wearisome. 5. exhaust. 6. irk; jade.
Antonyms
1. energetic. 4. interesting. 6. interest.
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Examples for wearily
  • After years of bleeding so heavily, messily and wearily.
  • He picks up his suit jacket and wearily puts one arm in, and then the other.
  • Meanwhile the reporters listened, scribbled furiously on their notepads, and sighed wearily as their stomachs growled from hunger.
  • The chairman wearily pages through the agenda, droning on about various motions.
  • His condition might have been tormented and tormenting--it might appear wearily obnoxious.
  • Though they tramped so wearily along, yet there was rest and kind nursing in store for them.
  • He picked up the bag and slung it wearily over his shoulder.
  • He put the paper down, yawned several times, and wearily looked for the waiter.
  • wearily, she eased her pain-wracked body into the chair.
  • She sits down at the table and looks wearily around the room.
British Dictionary definitions for wearily

weary

/ˈwɪərɪ/
adjective -rier, -riest
1.
tired or exhausted
2.
causing fatigue or exhaustion
3.
caused by or suggestive of weariness a weary laugh
4.
(postpositive; often foll by of or with) discontented or bored, esp by the long continuance of something
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
5.
to make or become weary
6.
to make or become discontented or impatient, esp by the long continuance of something
Derived Forms
wearily, adverb
weariness, noun
wearying, adjective
wearyingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English wērig; related to Old Saxon wōrig, Old High German wuorag drunk, Greek hōrakian to faint
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Word Origin and History for wearily
weary
O.E. werig "tired," related to worian "to wander, totter," from W.Gmc. *worigaz (cf. O.S. worig "weary," O.H.G. wuorag "intoxicated"), of unknown origin. The verb is O.E. wergian (intr.), gewergian (trans.).
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