Definition of wearing in US English:



  • Mentally or physically tiring.

    • ‘Asked if the lack of recuperation time between the seasons is a wearing experience, Foster gives a definitive yes.’
    • ‘The comedy element of this comedy-thriller comes almost entirely from Trixie's spectacular destruction of the English language: it's the sort of verbal knockabout stuff that I love, but I can see how some people could find it wearing over an entire movie.’
    • ‘Fishing the bigger French lakes can be physically wearing and damned hard work.’
    • ‘What might be a lot of fun at a rum-fuelled street party makes for a sometimes wearing experience in other contexts.’
    tiring, exhausting, wearying, fatiguing, enervating, draining, sapping, stressful, weary, crushing
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