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adjective (1)

wear·​ing ˈwer-iŋ How to pronounce wearing (audio)
: intended for wear
wearing apparel


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adjective (2)

: subjecting to or inflicting wear
especially : causing fatigue
a wearing journey
wearingly adverb

Examples of wearing in a Sentence

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The force of Burton’s manic personality was very wearing. Daneet Steffens, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wearing was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wearing. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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