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’
    • ‘He pulled himself up the stairs, tired out of his mind.’
    • ‘The doctor seemed tired, impatient and brusque.’
    • ‘It made a thud and latched into place, and she let out a bored, tired sigh.’
    • ‘Well, the thing was that I was busy Saturday, tired out Sunday, and feeling apathetic Monday.’
    • ‘A large man in a white apron stood polishing a glass, a bored, tired look on his face.’
    • ‘I was tired out because I'd been riding a bike half my size.’
    • ‘Summertime is a great time for walking outdoors, but sometimes your feet can get really tired out and rough.’
    • ‘After relaxation over the weekend, people ought to feel refreshed in body and spirit, but some feel even more tired out than on Friday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It sure was easy to make, but took a little long time to bake, especially when we had tired and bored children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You end up with the same result: a tired, impatient mum with no inclination to give the children the time they deserve.’
    • ‘Packing a few surprises for bored and tired children can help.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's the rush toward the end of the year that has me tired out.’
    • ‘His mind was tired almost beyond rest, for he could not sleep when this illness hung over him, for fear of his dreams.’
    • ‘But all the sheep are tired out now and they can't jump any more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rest of them, however, letting their tired friends sleep, proceeded to enter the other room to practise their pieces.’
    • ‘She looks tired and impatient, lips drawn in a thin line of displeasure.’
    • ‘Six years ago she began to get tired and put weight on around her abdomen.’
    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. 1.1tired of[predicative] Bored 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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    2. 1.2 (of a thing) no longer fresh or in good condition.
      ‘a few boxes of tired vegetables’
      • ‘The tired old tourism engine is near the end of its life span.’
      • ‘On the plus side, it will seriously up your intake of fruit and vegetables, which are very refreshing for your tired old liver.’
      • ‘Replace those tired old tracks and trains with canals and gondolas.’
      • ‘And both are growing much faster than the tired old economies of the west.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 (especially of a statement or idea) boring or uninteresting because overfamiliar.
      ‘tired clichés like the “information revolution.”’
      • ‘This is the tired old warhorse, and there won't be any dissent.’
      • ‘With six hats, six shoes and six medals, there are only so many ways of dressing up tired ideas.’
      • ‘Maybe we need to become unstuck from the tired idea that our life is what it is.’
      • ‘Say what you like about tired old unreconstructed eighties lefties, but one thing remains true about their creaking, archaic value system.’
      • ‘I found the concept a rather tired idea which has been done many times before.’
      • ‘Don't be distracted by the tired old vaudeville routine in Europe.’
      • ‘Instead they have gone for the same old people and the same old tired ideas.’
      • ‘The government offered new military strategies and equipment but old and tired ideas and language.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The second hardest thing is to learn is to avoid tired old clapped out baseball metaphors.’
      • ‘‘It's meant to make a tired old routine more interesting,’ says Kirkpatrick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Voters aren't as stupid as candidates and journalists however and the polls reflect their sophistication and rejection of the tired old ways.’
      • ‘In his inaugural speech Malcolm Campbell urged textile producers to stop doing things in the tired old ways and adopt a fresh approach.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘But I do see an evolution from the tired old victim/oppressor dichotomy overlayed into a new transnational template.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How many more years can he trot out the same tired old lines?’
      • ‘We keep hearing the same tired old litany that resources are scarce, and there is never enough money to fund pressing socio-economic priorities.’
      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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