There are 2 main definitions of tire in English:

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tire 1

Pronunciation: /tʌɪə/


1Feel or cause to feel in need of rest or sleep: [no object]: soon the ascent grew steeper and he began to tire [with object]: the journey had tired her the training tired us out
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  • An hour later and I was beginning to tire after a long hard day.
  • The teachers have an important role in the protection of children, but they too live in the same difficult, tiring and often very frightening or humiliating situation.
  • Repairing people for a living can be rewarding but it's also is stressful, tiring and sometimes just awful.
get/grow/become tired, become fatigued, weaken, grow weak, lose one's strength, flag, droop, drop
informal whack, shatter, bush, knacker, frazzle, wear to a frazzle, poop, take it out of, fag out, do in, knock out
informal killing, murderous, hellish
rare exigent
2 [no object] (tire of) Lose interest in; become bored with: she will stay with him until he tires of her
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  • I skipped entire chapters, reading slices of sections until I tire of the plot.
  • But all writer-actors say that until they tire of spending days alone with a computer.
  • Bart tires of Homer's lack of interest in him and chooses another father from the Bigger Brother program.
2.1 [with object] Exhaust the patience or interest of; bore: it tired her that Eddie felt important because he was involved behind the scenes
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  • There's nothing to indicate he's lost stride or that he's tired or bored of his schtick.
  • The voice was tired and bored, but not impolite.
  • By the end of the third debate, his nine or 10 stock points had begun to lose their shine, and he began to appear like a weary salesman, tiring both himself and his audience with his spiel.
weary, become/get tired, become/get weary, become/get fed up, become/get fed to death, become/get bored, become/get satiated, become/get jaded, become/get sick, become/get sick to death, sicken;
have had a surfeit, have had enough, have had a glut
informal have had something up to here
bore, weary, make someone fed up, sicken, nauseate;
irk, irritate, exhaust someone's patience, annoy, exasperate, get on someone's nerves
informal get to


Old English tēorian 'fail, come to an end', also 'become physically exhausted', of unknown origin.

  • tyre from Late Middle English:

    In the past wheelwrights strengthened the outside of the wheels of carts with curved pieces of iron plate called the tire, probably a shortened form of attire (an ME word originally meaning to put in order), because the tyre was the ‘clothing’ of the wheel. Originally the spellings tire and tyre were interchangeable, but in the 17th century tire became the settled spelling, which has remained the spelling in the USA. In Britain the development of the pneumatic tyre seemed to require some differentiation from the metal rim, and tyre was revived.

Words that rhyme with tire

acquire, admire, afire, applier, aspire, attire, ayah, backfire, barbwire, bemire, briar, buyer, byre, choir, conspire, crier, cryer, defier, denier, desire, dire, drier, dryer, dyer, enquire, entire, esquire, expire, fire, flyer, friar, fryer, Gaia, gyre, hellfire, hire, hiya, ire, Isaiah, jambalaya, Jeremiah, Josiah, Kintyre, latria, liar, lyre, Maia, Maya, Mayer, messiah, mire, misfire, Nehemiah, Obadiah, papaya, pariah, peripeteia, perspire, playa, Praia, prior, pyre, quire, replier, scryer, shire, shyer, sire, skyer, Sophia, spire, squire, supplier, Surabaya, suspire, tier, transpire, trier, tumble-dryer, tyre, Uriah, via, wire, Zechariah, Zedekiah, Zephaniah
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tire 2

Pronunciation: /tʌɪə/


US spelling of tyre.
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