\ 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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Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Gives Birth to Her Second Baby Boy With Husband Mike Fisher," 23 Jan. 2019 These electrons exit the other end, very tired after having given it their all. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single-beam laser becomes multi-beam laser by kicking electrons," 5 Dec. 2018 During the second semi-final, England were found out during the second half, as well as in extra time, when Croatia pressed harder and exploited England's tired and narrow midfield with much of their attacking play coming down the right-hand side. SI.com, "Croatia Defender Sime Vrsaljko Slams 'Long Ball' England After Semi-Final Clash," 12 July 2018 What types of products can remedy tired, puffy eyes? Adam Hurly, GQ, "This Is How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Appearance," 9 June 2018 While her new music deserves to be played on repeat, the 36-year-old's hits from her early career will never get tired. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Jimmy Fallon Tried to Sing a Kelly Clarkson Song A Cappella and It's Horribly Delightful," 9 Jan. 2019 Especially in the tired and the hard and busy times in life. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Gives The Best Advice To Mothers Experiencing Mom Guilt," 5 Nov. 2018 Affectiva is also testing a program that uses in-cabin cameras to perceive when drivers are tired, offering prompts to get a cup of coffee or focus on the road. Benjamin Powers, WSJ, "Once More With Feeling: Teaching Empathy to Machines," 13 Dec. 2018 Most importantly, The Bladerunner delivers a lot of cyberpunk’s best elements — like its complex, gritty social systems and its fascination with the human body — without the genre’s tired aesthetic tropes. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The best Blade Runner anime would have nothing to do with Blade Runner," 2 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of tired

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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
disapproving : used over and over again


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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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