tire

1 of 4

verb (1)

tired; tiring

intransitive verb

: to become weary

transitive verb

1
: to exhaust or greatly decrease the physical strength of : fatigue
2
: to wear out the patience of : bore

tire

2 of 4

noun (1)

often attributive
1
: a rubber cushion that fits around a wheel (as of an automobile) and usually contains compressed air
2
: a metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel

tire

3 of 4

noun (2)

1
obsolete : attire
2
archaic : a woman's headband or hair ornament

tire

4 of 4

verb (2)

tired; tiring

transitive verb

1
obsolete : attire
2
archaic : to adorn (the hair) with an ornament
Choose the Right Synonym for tire

tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade mean to make or become unable or unwilling to continue.

tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience.

the long ride tired us out

weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing.

wearied of the constant arguing

fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort.

fatigued by the day's chores

exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion.

shoveling snow exhausted him

jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness.

appetites jaded by overindulgence

Examples of tire in a Sentence

Verb (1) I don't want our walk to tire you too much this long dry lecture will tire the audience if you don't insert some jokes into it this pentathlon will tire all but the hardiest athletes
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In the 16th century, people ran after and tired out deer in present-day Texas and northern Mexico. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 James in particular seemed to tire, taking only six shots and scoring only eight points in the second half after scoring a dozen points in the first quarter. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2024 It’s been very effective, but it’s also put an emphasis on fitness, and the players have tired out by the end of games. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024 Specifically, exosuits that use electrical pulses to move a user’s muscles will quickly tire that user out. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2024 The Wolverines will look to tire out the Alabama defense with their ground game, led by running back Blake Corum. Sahil Kurup, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2024 If all of those books and documentaries tire the mind, a wordless spectacle might be in order. Kellina Moore, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Phoenix appeared to have tired himself out after playing in his new ball pit with his mom, which was shown in footage shared by Hilton earlier on in the day. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 4 Mar. 2024 The horsemen are a key part of Spanish bullfighting, to tire the bull ahead of its final death at the hands of the matador. Toby Muse, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2024
Noun
The water pressure then causes the vehicle to rise and slide on a thin layer of water between the tires and the road, making the driver lose control. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 May 2024 The Jeep was driving west on 23th Street when its back left tire and rim fell off, sending the Jeep off course, according to Capt. Jacob Becchina, a Kansas City Police Department spokesperson. Ilana Arougheti, Kansas City Star, 23 May 2024 Charles Merz blew out a tire on a curve, taking out a fence and hitting spectators, including Homer Jollif, 27, of Franklin, and James West, 20, of Indianapolis, who both were killed. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2024 In one photo, Ender watched the race while wearing a pair of Monster Jam tire headphones. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024 Due to marks on the remaining whale bones and tire tracks leading to the carcass, the DOC believes people removed the jawbone rather than scavenging animals. Clare Marie Schneider, NPR, 19 May 2024 Chief state prosecutor María Elena Andrade Ramírez theorized the killers drove by and saw the foreigners' pickup truck and tents and wanted to steal their tires. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 10 May 2024 Friends, family and students contributed labor in exchange for lessons on carpentry, working with adobe and using old tires for roofing. Michael Snyder Ana Topoleanu, New York Times, 10 May 2024 Their electric carts are lifted and fitted with tires to travel off-road and reach 23 mph to cruise the roads. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English tyren, from Old English tēorian, tȳrian

Noun (1)

Middle English, probably from tire entry 3

Noun (2)

Middle English, short for attire

First Known Use

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tire was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tire. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tire

1 of 2 verb
tired; tiring
1
: to become weary
2
: to decrease greatly or completely the physical strength of
3
: to wear out the patience or attention of : bore

tire

2 of 2 noun
1
: a metal hoop that forms the tread of a wheel
2
: a rubber cushion that usually contains compressed air and fits around a wheel
automobile tires

Medical Definition

tire

verb
tired; tiring

intransitive verb

: to become weary

transitive verb

: to exhaust or greatly decrease the physical strength of : fatigue

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