over·​tired ˌō-vər-ˈtī(-ə)rd How to pronounce overtired (audio)
: excessively tired (as from overexertion or lack of sleep)
feeling overtired
The following morning, Mrs. Inglethorp stayed in bed to breakfast, as she was rather overtired.Agatha Christie
It isn't only our children who become overtired, overstressed, and out of control at times. We do, too.Joyce Maynard

Examples of overtired in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This sweet — and sometimes grumpy — overtired youngster will be familiar to any parent. Wendy Dunn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Along with the joyous aspects of parenting, are some not so fun parts, like trying to reason with a hangry, overtired toddler who is having an embarrassing public meltdown, or trying to reason with a hangry, overtired teenager who is having an embarrassing public meltdown. Christina Crawford, Parents, 7 Dec. 2023 Children packed onto sofas and stretched out on living room floors, some excited to be with their cousins for a sleepover, others overtired and tearful. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overtired was in 1567

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“Overtired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtired. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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