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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 Some were tired of more than eight months of social distancing and determined to spend time with loved ones. Arkansas Online, "Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings," 26 Nov. 2020 If your backcountry traveler is tired of the same old trail-mix snacks, there are some heartier, tastier, organic options that are also more filling. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Backcountry Hunting and Fishing Gifts Guide," 24 Nov. 2020 But maybe the few extra customers that are tired of the tyranny will be exactly what does help our employees still provide a Thanksgiving dinner. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Fenton restaurant The Meeting Place defies Michigan's indoor dining ban," 20 Nov. 2020 These users are tired of Twitter’s algorithms and corporate management regulating speech on its platform. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Parler news app downloads surge," 19 Nov. 2020 People are tired of changing their behavior because of the coronavirus. Emily Oster, Star Tribune, "How to deal with people who ignore COVID safety," 18 Nov. 2020 By now, however, people are tired of seeing caste systems harden within companies. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "A new book about humility in leadership arrives with excellent timing," 18 Nov. 2020 These sets will spruce things up when everyone in the house is tired of screens and all caught up on The Mandalorian. Simon Hill, Wired, "The Best Family Board Games," 15 Nov. 2020 Kathryn Sargent, the first woman to rise to the title of master tailor, was recently cajoled into her first Zoom fitting by a husband and wife in Manhattan who were tired of waiting for their clothing. David Segal, New York Times, "To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy," 15 Nov. 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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28 Nov 2020

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“Tired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tired. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce tired (audio)

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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