adjective \ˈwir-ē\

: lacking strength, energy, or freshness because of a need for rest or sleep

: bored or annoyed by something because you have seen it, heard it, done it, etc., many times or for a long time

: causing you to feel tired


Full Definition of WEARY

:  exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness
:  expressing or characteristic of weariness <a weary sign>
:  having one's patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted —used with of <soon grew weary of waiting>
:  wearisome
wea·ri·ly \ˈwir-ə-lē\ adverb
wea·ri·ness \ˈwir-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of WEARY

  1. I need to rest my weary eyes.
  2. The miners were weary after a long shift.
  3. She was weary from years of housework.
  4. I would remember the potential for return, all things circling as they do, into something like fullness, small moments of completion that weave together, like Penelope's cloth, doing and undoing themselves by turns, an unfinished pattern that guides a —wearytraveler home … —Paul Sorrell, Parabola, May 2000

Origin of WEARY

Middle English wery, from Old English wērig; akin to Old High German wuorag intoxicated and perhaps to Greek aōros sleep
First Known Use: before 12th century


verb \ˈwir-ē\

: to make (someone) very tired


Full Definition of WEARY

intransitive verb
:  to become weary (see 1weary)
transitive verb
:  to make weary

Examples of WEARY

  1. The work wearies me sometimes.
  2. <these constant complaints are really wearying me>
  3. What wearies me about Dickens, however, is his excessive use of words. —Will Manley, Booklist, 1 Nov. 2006

Origin of WEARY

(see 1weary)
First Known Use: before 12th century


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