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weary

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 depleted in strength, energy, or freshness
  • I am just too weary to do any more work tonight

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3 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
  • a weary march through a lot of boring facts and figures

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weary

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of weary (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make weary and restless by being dull or monotonous
  • these constant complaints are really wearying me

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2 to use up all the physical energy of
  • a whole day of hard physical labor had thoroughly wearied her

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How is the word weary distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of weary are exhaust, fatigue, jade, and tire. While all these words mean "to make or become unable or unwilling to continue," weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing.

wearied of the constant arguing

When is it sensible to use exhaust instead of weary?

The meanings of exhaust and weary largely overlap; however, exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion.

shoveling snow exhausted him

In what contexts can fatigue take the place of weary?

The synonyms fatigue and weary are sometimes interchangeable, but fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort.

fatigued by the day's chores

Where would jade be a reasonable alternative to weary?

While the synonyms jade and weary are close in meaning, jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness.

appetites jaded by overindulgence

When is tire a more appropriate choice than weary?

Although the words tire and weary have much in common, tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience.

the long ride tired us out

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The first known use of weary was before the 12th century

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“Weary.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/weary. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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