Definition of tired in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtī(ə)rd/


1In need of sleep or rest; weary: Fisher rubbed his tired eyes she was tired out now that the strain was over
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  • Well, the thing was that I was busy Saturday, tired out Sunday, and feeling apathetic Monday.
  • So, as you may gather, I'm feeling especially tired out, physically as well as being desirous of a good sleep, but I'm going to try my best to relate the events of the last two days.
  • But the fact of the matter is given what they've been through with this very fast, deep maneuver, some of them are pretty tired out.
exhausted, worn out, weary, fatigued, dog-tired, dead beat, bone-tired, ready to drop, drained, zonked, wasted, enervated, jaded
informal done in, bushed, whipped, bagged, knocked out, wiped out, pooped, tuckered out
1.1 [predicative] (tired of) Bored with: I have to look after these animals when you get tired of them
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  • Anyway, even the Village is making me tired and bored of Ireland.
  • My boss, Bridget, started the company 14 years ago as she was tired and bored of being corporate.
fed up with, weary of, bored with/by, sick (to death) of
informal up to here with
1.2(Of a thing) no longer fresh or in good condition: a few boxes of tired vegetables
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  • On the plus side, it will seriously up your intake of fruit and vegetables, which are very refreshing for your tired old liver.
  • It came to me this morning as I was hunting in my pant drawers dragging out pair after pair of tired old greying holey stretched trunks that what I really wanted was a much sexier choice.
  • Basically, this jacket will update your tired old look, carrying you safely through to Christmas, and all for £44.
1.3(Especially of a statement or idea) boring or uninteresting because overfamiliar: tired clichés like the “information revolution.”
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  • I found the concept a rather tired idea which has been done many times before.
  • With six hats, six shoes and six medals, there are only so many ways of dressing up tired ideas.
  • The government offered new military strategies and equipment but old and tired ideas and language.
hackneyed, overused, overworked, worn out, stale, clichéd, hoary, stock, stereotyped, predictable, unimaginative, unoriginal, uninspired, dull, uninvolving, boring, routine
informal old hat, corny



Pronunciation: /ˈtī(ə)rdlē/
Example sentences
  • Jonah rubbed his forehead tiredly and wished his mother didn't know quite so much about his life.
  • I tiredly acknowledge the new doorman as we enter the gates of my apartments.
  • He didn't find it, and just plopped down tiredly on the age-worn bed, curling up in the meagre warmth of the threadbare blanket.

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