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.
worn out, exhausted, fatigued, tired out, overtired, weary, 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, 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪədli/
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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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