Definition of tired in English:


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Pronunciation: /tʌɪəd


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.
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, bushed, worn to a frazzle, shattered, burnt out
British informal knackered, whacked
North American informal pooped
1.1(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.
2 (tired of) Bored or impatient 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, bored with/by, weary of, sick of, sick and tired of, jaded with/by, surfeited with/by, satiated by, glutted with/by;
(be tired of)have had enough of
informal have had a basinful of, have had it up to here with, have had something up to here
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, worn out, stale, overworked, threadbare, warmed-up, banal, trite, stock, stereotyped, clichéd, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, platitudinous, unoriginal, unimaginative, uninspired, flat;
out of date, outdated, outmoded, passé, archaic, obsolete, defunct, antiquated;
North American warmed-over
informal old hat, corny, out of the ark, played out, hacky, past their sell-by date


tired and emotional

humorous Used euphemistically to indicate that someone is drunk: tired and emotional party people
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  • It has the added advantage that he tends to update it when leglessly tired and emotional, so value added humour is practically guaranteed.
  • A source told The Mirror, ‘They'd been at Studio 57 for an hour and a half and were both pretty tired and emotional when Charlotte wanted to move on.’
  • Finally, somewhat tired and emotional, we ended up having a nightcap around 3am - some 12 hours after we started drinking - before retiring to bed.



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  • 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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