Definition of weary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwirē/

adjective (wearier, weariest)

1Feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep: he gave a long, weary sigh
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  • He sighed, suddenly feeling weary and old.
  • An older man with gray hair stepped into the room and sank down into one of the plastic chairs with a weary sigh, dropping his head into his hands.
  • The detective took a step back, sighing, rubbing his weary eyes with his hand.
tired, worn out, exhausted, fatigued, sapped, burnt-out, dog-tired, spent, drained, prostrate, enervated
informal all in, done in, beat, ready to drop, bushed, worn to a frazzle, pooped, tuckered out
1.1Reluctant to see or experience any more of; tired of: she was weary of their constant arguments [in combination]: war-weary Americans
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  • I have grown so weary of the endless preparations that I have begun to take long walks around the countryside.
  • I am so weary of the Republican AND Democratic response to world crisis.
  • Personally I'm a little weary of this kind of soft, gentle electronica.
tired of, fed up with, bored by, sick of, burnt-out on
informal have had it up to here with
1.2Calling for a great amount of energy or endurance; tiring and tedious: the weary journey began again
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  • I flew to Turkey on July 7, and made my way on a series of long, weary bus journeys to the Iraq border, manned by both Kurdish and American soldiers.
  • It hooked securely to the ledge, and he began his slow, weary climb up the side of the tower.
  • But he said nothing and Allie had no choice but to follow him as they began their weary trek across the wide, empty beach.
tiring, exhausting, wearying, fatiguing, enervating, draining, sapping, wearing, trying, demanding, taxing, arduous, grueling, difficult, hard, tough

verb (wearies, wearying, wearied)

[with object]
1Cause to become tired: she was wearied by her persistent cough
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  • They were both dirty and tired-looking, wearied by the journey.
  • Save for the rifles, there appeared to be no difference between exhausted captive and wearied captor.
  • In this case, not a lot has changed in the past millennium and a half, except that we're more likely to be wearied by tedium, ennui or heartsickness than by physical fatigue.
1.1 [no object] (weary of) Grow tired of or bored with: she wearied of the sameness of her life
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  • Already there are signs that he is wearying of questions about next year's duel with the Americans but the bad news for him is that the inquisition will intensify with each month.
  • EU integrationists by direct comparison seem very trustworthy indeed - even if some are wearying of their noble duties.
  • Having spent a year immersed in the event, Sloan is wearying of the same old arguments, revisiting debates she thought were closed years ago.


no rest (or peace) for the weary

humorous One’s heavy workload or lack of tranquility is due to one’s own choices, or to one’s sinful life.
With biblical allusion to Isa. 48:22, 57:21
Example sentences
  • Once my mind goes in a particular direction, once I decide to delve into a particular subject, there is no rest for the weary.
  • We are organizing as you are gloating, because in this game there is absolutely no rest for the weary.
  • This time, Cherney was deep into mixing four different Stones DVD projects culled from the group's last tour; truly, there is no rest for the weary.



Example sentences
  • It is surely an item that will accompany the fans for a long time because of its weariless design and high quality.
  • I've tried to keep this ‘autobiography’ as brief as possible but I can't ensure you a weariless reading.
  • Day after day the storm continued, piling snow in weariless abundance.


Old English wērig, wǣrig.

Words that rhyme with weary

beery, bleary, cheery, dearie, dreary, Dun Laoghaire, eerie, eyrie (US aerie), Kashmiri, leery, peri, praemunire, query, smeary, teary, theory

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Syllabification: wear·y

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