Definition of weary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪəri/

adjective (wearier, weariest)

1Feeling or showing extreme tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion: 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, tired out, worn out, exhausted, fatigued, overtired, sleepy, drowsy, wearied, sapped, dog-tired, spent, drained, jet-lagged, played out, debilitated, prostrate, enervated, jaded, low
informal all in, done (in/up), dead, dead beat, dead tired, dead on one's feet, asleep on one's feet, ready to drop, fagged out, burnt out, bushed, worn to a frazzle, shattered
British informal knackered, whacked
North American informal pooped, tuckered out
1.1Calling 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, stressful, wearing, trying, crushing;
demanding, exacting, taxing, challenging, burdensome, arduous, gruelling, punishing, grinding, onerous, difficult, hard, tough, heavy, laborious, back-breaking, crippling, strenuous, rigorous, uphill
2Reluctant 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 with/by, sick of, sick and tired of, jaded with/by, surfeited with/by, satiated by, glutted with/by;
(be weary of) have had enough of
informal have had a basinful of, have had it up to here with, have had something up to here

verb (wearies, wearying, wearied)

1 [with object] Cause 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.
tire, tire out, fatigue, wear out, overtire, exhaust, drain, sap, wash out, tax, overtax, enervate, debilitate, enfeeble, jade, incapacitate, devitalize, prostrate
informal whack, bush, shatter, frazzle, wear to a frazzle, poop, take it out of, fag out, do in, knock out
British informal knacker
bore, tire, make fed up;
irk, irritate, exhaust someone's patience, annoy, exasperate, get on someone's nerves
informal get to
tiring, exhausting, wearing, trying, fatiguing, enervating, draining, sapping, stressful, weary, crushing;
demanding, exacting, taxing, challenging, burdensome, arduous, gruelling, punishing, grinding, onerous, difficult, hard, tough, heavy, laborious, back-breaking, crippling, strenuous, rigorous, uphill;
tiresome, irksome, wearisome, boring, dull, tedious, monotonous, humdrum, prosaic, unexciting, uninteresting
2 [no object] (weary of) Grow tired of or bored with: she wearied of the sameness of her life
More example sentences
  • 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.
tire of, become/get weary of, become/get tired of, become/get fed up with, become/get fed to death with, become/get bored with/by, become/get satiated with, become/get jaded with, become/get sick of, become/get sick to death of, sicken of;
have had enough of, have had a surfeit of, have had a glut of
informal become/get bored of, have had something up to here
3 [no object] chiefly Scottish Be distressed; fret: don’t think I’m wearying about not being able to paint any more



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, of West Germanic origin.

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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