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[wahyuh rd] /waɪərd/
equipped with wires, as for electricity or telephone service.
made of wire; consisting of or constructed with wires:
a wired barrier.
tied or secured with wires:
wired bales of wastepaper.
strengthened or supported with wires:
a sculpture of wired papier-mâché.
Slang. tense with excitement or anticipation; edgy.
equipped so as to receive cable television.
connected electronically to one or more computer networks.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see wire, -ed3
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well-wired, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wellwired


adjective (informal)
edgy from stimulant intake
excited, nervous, or tense
using computers to send and receive information, esp via the internet
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Word Origin and History for wellwired



"nervous, jittery," by 1970s; earlier (1959, perhaps early 1950s) as "using narcotic drugs, addicted to drugs;" from past participle of wire (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for wellwired


  1. (also wired up) Intoxicated by narcotics, esp cocaine or amphetamines; high, spaced-out: ''If you're wired, you're fired,'' is how Willie Nelson warns band members about cocaine usage/ That night Elvis was wired for speed (1970s+ Narcotics)
  2. (also wired up) Eagerly excited; overstimulated; high, hyper, jacked up: Keeping the people wired with a mix of Sixties vines and Eighties technology/ They have him wired up tight with the slogans of TV and the World Series (1970s+)
  3. Anxious; nervous; uptight: I got wired when Myrt was sneaking a break and Jerry showed up (1970s+)
  4. (also wired up) Certain and secure; totally under control; assured; racked, taped: Mention of all those other top contenders is just a smokescreen and Brown's got it wired/ Then I get this wired up and I think, well (1950s+ fr poker)
  5. Wearing an eavesdropping device; having such a device planted; bugged: He's wired. He's wearing a tape recorder (1957+)
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cool as a christian with aces wired, have something cinched

[fr wire as conducting an electrical charge or stimulus, or as used for binding; wired up is recorded as a US term for ''irritated, provoked'' in the late 1800s and may be related to the sense ''anxious, nervous'']

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