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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Recent Examples on the Web Grace Bassey is tired of the outdated way African countries are often portrayed on American screens. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Beyoncé released a video celebrating ‘African tradition.’ Then came the backlash.," 9 July 2020 While anything can be good in moderation, Cupcake LightHearted is a great alternative for people who are tired of the typical hard seltzer or other diet drinks. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Cupcake Vineyards Just Launched an 80-calorie Wine Collection," 7 July 2020 My eyes feel less tired at the end of the day, and my headaches aren't as frequent. Rachel Schallom, Fortune, "The best things I’ve bought during quarantine so far," 12 July 2020 Many Black women are stressed, tired, dealing with depression, and more, and the calls have become a lifeline for some. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "The GirlTrek Bootcamp Uses Black History to Illustrate Black Joy," 10 July 2020 Rather than ingesting that tired old bowl of oatmeal, why not switch things up with a scrumptious homemade waffle? Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 10 July 2020 Meanwhile, Kelley, tired of waiting, paid $17,000 of his own money to put a new roof on the house. Dallas News, "What happened to USAA? Why is it denying some storm claims that should be slam dunks for homeowners?," 9 July 2020 House Republican leadership, led by leader Kevin McCarthy, has already outlined a limited set of policies to combat climate change, in an effort to appease young voters tired of the party’s skepticism toward the problem. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "House GOP under pressure from allies to support planks of Democratic climate plan," 7 July 2020 For Black cooks tired of feeling disrespected in restaurants, these alternative venues and catering have become a lifeline — even more so with the industry ravaged by the coronavirus. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Black workers report patterns of racial discrimination in Bay Area restaurant industry," 7 July 2020

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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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31 Jul 2020

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“Tired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tired. Accessed 8 Aug. 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


\ ˈtī(ə)rd How to pronounce tired (audio) \

Medical Definition of tired

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

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