\ˈtī(-ə)rd \

Definition of tired 

1 : drained of strength and energy : fatigued often to the point of exhaustion

2 : obviously worn by hard use : run-down

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Other Words from tired

tiredly adverb
tiredness noun

Examples of tired in a Sentence

I was really tired after the long trip. She's too tired to go out tonight. The children were tired after the hike. We had to listen to the same old tired excuses again.
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But Vanellope is tired of the repetition in her game Sugar Rush, which only has three racing tracks to choose from. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 There is a side of me that is tired of my shilly-shallying. Andre Aciman, Town & Country, "How Andre Aciman Lost His Head Over a Pocket Square," 24 Sep. 2018 This is the best time to hyper-moisturize and work on a tired complexion. Nuy Cho, Redbook, "12 Korean Beauty Hacks for Perfect Skin," 17 July 2018 Bottom line: Even though your brain might be tired after a day working at a computer, your eyes don’t have to be. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Comfortable If You Work at Computer All Day," 5 Oct. 2018 Google is tired of Chromebooks being ignored by laptop buyers. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices," 31 July 2018 The casual attitude can sometimes combine with the occasional intonation glitch and come across as annoyed, tired, disinterested, or sarcastic. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 Lakhani’s language doesn’t quite square with the quotes of a woman who speaks of the tired misconceptions that get stuck to Indian food. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 Nick Coomes stood in the on-deck circle Sunday afternoon (May 13) maybe looking a little tired, a little worn down after six innings behind the plate on a hot day. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "Nick Coomes on LSU baseball career: 'It was a dream come true'," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of tired

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tire bagger

tire chain


tire gage



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The first known use of tired was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of tired

: feeling a need to rest or sleep

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

: used over and over again



Kids Definition of tired

: needing rest : weary


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Medical Definition of tired 

: drained of strength and energy : fatigued often to the point of exhaustion

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