Definition of tired in English:



  • 1In need of sleep or rest; weary.

    ‘Fisher rubbed his tired eyes’
    ‘she was tired out now that the strain was over’
    • ‘Summertime is a great time for walking outdoors, but sometimes your feet can get really tired out and rough.’
    • ‘You end up with the same result: a tired, impatient mum with no inclination to give the children the time they deserve.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's the rush toward the end of the year that has me tired out.’
    • ‘The rest of them, however, letting their tired friends sleep, proceeded to enter the other room to practise their pieces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was tired out because I'd been riding a bike half my size.’
    • ‘I began to sneak out of the room, because not only was I in a VERY awkward position, but also I really was getting tired and mildly bored.’
    • ‘After relaxation over the weekend, people ought to feel refreshed in body and spirit, but some feel even more tired out than on Friday.’
    • ‘Well, the thing was that I was busy Saturday, tired out Sunday, and feeling apathetic Monday.’
    • ‘She looks tired and impatient, lips drawn in a thin line of displeasure.’
    • ‘But all the sheep are tired out now and they can't jump any more.’
    • ‘A large man in a white apron stood polishing a glass, a bored, tired look on his face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The doctor seemed tired, impatient and brusque.’
    • ‘He pulled himself up the stairs, tired out of his mind.’
    • ‘Six years ago she began to get tired and put weight on around her abdomen.’
    • ‘His mind was tired almost beyond rest, for he could not sleep when this illness hung over him, for fear of his dreams.’
    • ‘Packing a few surprises for bored and tired children can help.’
    • ‘It made a thud and latched into place, and she let out a bored, tired sigh.’
    • ‘It sure was easy to make, but took a little long time to bake, especially when we had tired and bored children.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 (of a thing) no longer fresh or in good condition.
      ‘a few boxes of tired vegetables’
      • ‘Replace those tired old tracks and trains with canals and gondolas.’
      • ‘Basically, this jacket will update your tired old look, carrying you safely through to Christmas, and all for £44.’
      • ‘The Bournemouth Road store is 30 years old and, although there have been continuous improvements, the company say that it is beginning to look tired and outdated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The tired old tourism engine is near the end of its life span.’
      • ‘And both are growing much faster than the tired old economies of the west.’
      • ‘On the plus side, it will seriously up your intake of fruit and vegetables, which are very refreshing for your tired old liver.’
  • 2tired ofBored or impatient with.

    ‘I have to look after these animals when you get tired of them’
    • ‘My boss, Bridget, started the company 14 years ago as she was tired and bored of being corporate.’
    • ‘Anyway, even the Village is making me tired and bored of Ireland.’
    fed up with, bored by, bored with, weary of, sick of, sick and tired of, jaded by, jaded with, surfeited by, surfeited with, satiated by, glutted by, glutted with
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  • 3(especially of a statement or idea) boring or uninteresting because overfamiliar.

    ‘tired clichés like the ‘information revolution’’
    • ‘We keep hearing the same tired old litany that resources are scarce, and there is never enough money to fund pressing socio-economic priorities.’
    • ‘The new leader did very little other than regurgitate a tired old line that seemed to have been flogged to death by many a centre-right politician.’
    • ‘Say what you like about tired old unreconstructed eighties lefties, but one thing remains true about their creaking, archaic value system.’
    • ‘‘It's meant to make a tired old routine more interesting,’ says Kirkpatrick.’
    • ‘This is the tired old warhorse, and there won't be any dissent.’
    • ‘But I do see an evolution from the tired old victim/oppressor dichotomy overlayed into a new transnational template.’
    • ‘In his inaugural speech Malcolm Campbell urged textile producers to stop doing things in the tired old ways and adopt a fresh approach.’
    • ‘Voters aren't as stupid as candidates and journalists however and the polls reflect their sophistication and rejection of the tired old ways.’
    • ‘The government offered new military strategies and equipment but old and tired ideas and language.’
    • ‘How many more years can he trot out the same tired old lines?’
    • ‘And let's not trot out the tired old argument that sponsorship would undermine the dignity of the most successful armed forces in the whole of human history.’
    • ‘Maybe we need to become unstuck from the tired idea that our life is what it is.’
    • ‘Instead they have gone for the same old people and the same old tired ideas.’
    • ‘I found the concept a rather tired idea which has been done many times before.’
    • ‘The second hardest thing is to learn is to avoid tired old clapped out baseball metaphors.’
    • ‘Don't be distracted by the tired old vaudeville routine in Europe.’
    • ‘With six hats, six shoes and six medals, there are only so many ways of dressing up tired ideas.’
    • ‘So it's true to say that Labor can do well here, but unfortunately too much of the argument sets up the tired old dichotomy of inner-city versus everyone else.’
    • ‘Is this - heavily anonymous - tip-off just another way of keeping the tired old show on the road long enough to flog the book to a few more sweaty Telegraph readers?’
    hackneyed, worn out, stale, overworked, threadbare, warmed-up, banal, trite, stock, stereotyped, clichéd, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, platitudinous, unoriginal, unimaginative, uninspired, flat
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  • tired and emotional

    • humorous Used euphemistically to indicate that someone is drunk.

      ‘tired and emotional party people’
      • ‘In Glasgow airport, still tired and emotional, he was barely able to tell officials where he lived.’
      • ‘Alas I was tired and emotional and had to bail out before I found out what the third party was going to be.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for the tired and emotional one, he hit the wrong button, and the missive for Amanda went to Andy instead.’
      • ‘Finally, somewhat tired and emotional, we ended up having a nightcap around 3am - some 12 hours after we started drinking - before retiring to bed.’
      • ‘While a certain level of high spirits is expected at these bashes, it is considered bad form to become overly tired and emotional.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Needless to say, the refreshment car did a roaring trade and there were more than a few tired and emotional delegates by the time the ‘train of shame’, as it was inevitably called, pulled into Perth that evening.’
      • ‘Increasingly tired and emotional, Cochrane gave Wilson a demonstration of the art of the ‘Glasgow kiss’ - much to the amusement of all concerned.’
      • ‘I was extremely tired and emotional that night, wearing my British Rail peaked cap at a rakish angle (a story for another day), staggering along the sub-zero-temperature Edinburgh streets.’
      • ‘It has the added advantage that he tends to update it when leglessly tired and emotional, so value added humour is practically guaranteed.’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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