adjective (wearier, weariest)
- 1Feeling or showing extreme tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion: he gave a long, weary sighMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 1.1Calling for a great amount of energy or endurance; tiring and tedious: the weary journey began againMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 2Reluctant to see or experience any more of; tired of: she was weary of their constant arguments [in combination]: war-weary AmericansMore example sentences
- 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.
verb (wearies, wearying, wearied)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Cause to become tired: she was wearied by her persistent coughMore example sentences
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 outBritish • informal knackertire, make fed up; irk, irritate, exhaust someone's patience, annoy, exasperate, get on someone's nerves• informal get totiring, 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
- 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.
- 2 [no object] (weary of) Grow tired of or bored with: she wearied of the sameness of her lifeMore example sentences
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
- 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.
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- 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.
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- As the new school year begins, students wearily make their way up the hill for the first week of September.
- At last you are at your final destination and you queue wearily once again, to clear immigration.
- It is midnight by the time the last passenger wearily pushes his trolley out of the immigration area.
Old English wērig, wǣrig, of West Germanic origin.