over·​wea·​ry | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwir-ē How to pronounce overweary (audio) \

Definition of overweary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: too weary : extremely tired or worn out He was somewhat overweary after a strenuous year; but to Dartmoor he always came for health and rest when opportunity offered …— Eden Phillpotts I resolved to establish myself as a well-behaved female at one or two good restaurants, where I could dine alone at a pleasant table with adequate attentions rather than be pushed into a corner and given a raw or overweary waiter.— M. F. K. Fisher And many established managers … are overloaded and overweary of helping people up the ropes who don't always appreciate their cost-free contributions.— Joyce Lain Kennedy


overwearied; overwearying

Definition of overweary (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make excessively weary : to cause to be extremely tired or worn out It was not physical exercise that overwearied him, … it was his tendency to remain only too quiescent, as regarded any toil of the limbs and muscles.— Nathaniel Hawthorne

First Known Use of overweary


1617, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overweary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overweary. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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