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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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Recent Examples on the Web In this week’s Washington Examiner magazine, Kimberly writes about fathers who are tired of changing their children’s diapers on bathroom floors, counters, and in some cases, on their laps. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: 2020 Democrats ready to go further than Trump on vaping," 7 Jan. 2020 Schwartz, who lives in Providence Village, had been in her 38th week of pregnancy, not feeling well after two days of being tired and cranky. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Device gives parents of stillborn babies more time to bond and make memories," 4 Jan. 2020 On long flights, many passengers get tired, bored and very uncomfortable. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Help flight time fly away," 3 Jan. 2020 The most common side effects of SKYRIZI include upper respiratory infections, fungal skin infections, headache, feeling tired, and injection site reactions. Barry Blitt, The New Yorker, "The Latest on J. D. Salinger Unearthed," 20 Dec. 2019 In early December, bucks are tired and battered but still running on a last jolt of testosterone. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "Why Post-Rut is the New Best Time To Hunt Whitetails," 4 Dec. 2019 The Golden Knights are able to turn to their superior goaltender for the second half of the back-to-back, while the forwards and defensemen will be tired. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights odds, picks and best bets," 23 Dec. 2019 Officials in Hudson County, New Jersey, are tired of the controversy surrounding their agreement to hold ICE detainees in their correctional facility. USA Today, "'These people are profitable': Under Trump, private prisons are cashing in on ICE detainees," 20 Dec. 2019 After so many books and countless articles, the hysteria over America’s sleep deprivation feels awfully tired. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Bill Gates recommends 5 favorite books for 2019 — and looks ahead to ‘Infinite Jest’," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of tired

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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11 Jan 2020

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“Tired.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tired?show=0&t=1391414097. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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