\ˈwī(-ə)rd \

Definition of wired 

1 : reinforced by wire (as for strength)

2a : furnished with wires (as for electric connections)

b : connected to a telecommunications network and especially to the Internet

c : characterized by a connection to the Internet the wired world

3 : bound with wire a wired container

4 : having a wirework netting or fence

5 : feverishly excited

Examples of wired in a Sentence

No more caffeine for me, I'm pretty wired. a group of wired teenagers

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Sure, there remained some of that hard-wired English pessimism: This is infamously a national team with heartbreak baked into the recipe, and Croatia was not going to be an easy out. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Night on the Verge in London," 11 July 2018 The proposed tariffs target switches and routers, finished products that are used to set up wired and wireless networks. WSJ, "From Seafood to Mattresses: How the Latest Tariffs Would Affect U.S. Businesses," 12 July 2018 Irma’s silhouettes are powerful, yet boast a cheeky ’80s flair: Underwear is pulled up high above the hip bones, while bras range from flexible-wired versions with spaghetti straps to a more full-coverage sporty bandeau style. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 Sometimes, Van Ness’s overactive, hot-wired brain causes the podcast to veer unabashedly off the rails. refinery29.com, "The Jonathan Van Ness Podcast You Need In Your Life, Henny," 14 June 2018 The only gripe: If the battery’s dead, the wired connection doesn’t work at all. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Best New Gadgets and Tech of 2017," 1 Dec. 2017 And, more importantly, wireless service isn’t even close to being a valid replacement for wired internet service. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "T-Mobile says it has seven major competitors, which is complete nonsense," 30 Apr. 2018 To a wired world accustomed to copper cables, wireless energy transfer seems magical. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "Malvern start-up imagines a world where electric vehicles are recharged wirelessly," 26 Apr. 2018 One time was for a beautiful hard-wired hall light with filigreed brass. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "To remodel or not to remodel: Curbed readers on “remuddling,” waste, and when to renovate," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of wired

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wired (a little) too tight/tightly

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: very excited or full of nervous energy

: connected to the Internet

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