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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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But Elicker’s supporters pledge that this year will be different, saying that voters are now tired of Harp’s six-year tenure as mayor. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "In a rematch, Mayor Toni Harp faces Justin Elicker in New Haven election," 8 July 2019 Even worse is Jack’s relationship with Ellie, which comes straight from Curtis’s grab-bag of tired, will-they-or-won’t-they tropes. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Yesterday Imagines a World Where the Beatles Never Existed," 26 June 2019 Reni Eddo-Lodge is tired of talking to white people about race. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Why I’m No Longer Talking to Anyone about Anything," 13 June 2019 The tired routine of depriving Palestinians of agency, as Kushner’s plan does in a pointed and disrespectful way, has been tried for over a century. Rashid Khalidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Neocolonial Arrogance of the Kushner Plan," 12 June 2019 Anderson got tired of the never-ending consumption on the internet. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "An influencer’s antidote to influencing," 23 June 2019 Jones is better at this than most youngsters, but when guys get tired, their helmets start to rise up a bit off the line of scrimmage. Nicholas Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: OL Trente Jones could be versatile, starter one day," 20 June 2019 This county’s fairgrounds have slowly taken on the tired and worn look of its neighbors. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 Aesop Dapper Gentleman Grooming Kit with face cleanser, hydrating cream, shaving serum, spray-on moisturizer and lip balm to freshen up tired skin after a round of meetings; $150, exclusively at mrporter.com. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Father's Day Gift Guide: Top Choices for Execs, Stars, Agents, Writers and Directors," 7 June 2019

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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