1
: reinforced by wire (as for strength)
2
a
: 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
informal : full of excitement or nervous energy
After their big day at the amusement park, the kids were too wired to sleep.
She was wired. Looked like she'd been drinking coffee all night.Lee Child

Example Sentences

No more caffeine for me, I'm pretty wired. a group of wired teenagers
Recent Examples on the Web Blink’s first wired outdoor camera is now available. Jon Porter, The Verge, 26 Jan. 2023 Ferreira accessorized her summery look with large-framed gold wired glasses, a simple gold necklace and a few rings. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2023 While Maverick’s only segment competitor, the unibody Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup, comes standard with wireless Android Auto (as does Ford’s state-of-the-art SYNC4 system), the ‘23 Tremor is a generation behind with wired SYNC3. cleveland, 7 Jan. 2023 Change, then, means tackling the hard-wired habits of hundreds of millions of individuals, community by community, home by home. Susan Shain, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2023 Cheryl McDonald, chief technology officer, said teachers not only have a hard-wired computer connected to a projector in their classroom but also to have a mobile device with a Chromebook. Dallas News, 29 Dec. 2022 But the family had to go without wired Internet service for over six months partly because Comcast construction took longer than expected. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly forgoes the more popular wireless earbuds for wired ones for those reasons. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 28 Dec. 2022 On the bottom of the controller can be found a Lightning port for charging or connecting, and a headphone jack for wired listening. Chris Hachey, BGR, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Cite this Entry

“Wired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wired. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

wired

adjective
1
: reinforced or bound with wire
a wired container
2
: having a netting or fence of wire
a wired pen for chickens
3
: extremely excited
were wired after their victory

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