Definition of world-weary in English:

world-weary

adjective

  • Feeling or indicating feelings of weariness, boredom, or cynicism as a result of long experience of life.

    ‘their world-weary, cynical talk’
    • ‘Lengthy bonding scenes follow in which, inevitably, the hardened, world-weary, cynical bodyguard learns to love the winsome little blonde.’
    • ‘Replace it with despair, or with a world-weary cynicism.’
    • ‘The man operating the cash register sighed in a world-weary fashion and darted his eyes around to ensure there weren't too many people around.’
    • ‘He's cynical, world-weary and he won't call you the next day.’
    • ‘Indeed, he's knackered and at times seems world-weary.’
    • ‘This is a tough, cynical world with plenty of murders and world-weary cops trying their best to solve them.’
    • ‘Most of them feature sparkle-eyed children with an innocent faith in wonder winning out over cynical world-weary adults.’
    • ‘Pop music has always possessed a fetish for the combination of youth and musical skill, apparently since it takes a mature, world-weary mind to write a catchy pop hook.’
    • ‘The image of anxious and world-weary detectives puffing frantically on cigarettes outside interview rooms may still be a hallmark of TV drama.’
    • ‘We learn about her politics, her home life, and we become very familiar with her world-weary wit, but still she fails to ring true as a person.’
    • ‘Rawlins operates on the streets, filtering the ghetto life around him through a world view that is cynical to the point of world-weary.’
    • ‘I expect world-weary people, who show the physical and emotional scars of time on the inside and hold a high level of cynicism about the outside world.’
    • ‘His growling voice, verging on the world-weary, hints at the ancient blues roots of his songs.’
    • ‘He reverts to the world-weary pundit voice known to viewers.’
    • ‘It was a victory to bring a smile to the face of even the most cynical and world-weary sport-watcher.’
    • ‘Her boss, Keith, is a world-weary figure whose vast experience is matched by his ineffectiveness.’
    • ‘Aged far beyond his 47 years, he is frumpy and world-weary.’
    • ‘If his concern is with a number of unfortunate people dying, then just let him note the tragedy and leave the world-weary evaluations alone.’
    • ‘She issues world-weary, no-nonsense wisdom as she tries, repeatedly, to convince heavyset Deb that bigger is better.’
    • ‘‘Good luck trying to find your trends,’ he said with a world-weary head shake.’

Pronunciation

world-weary

/ˈwərld ˌwi(ə)rē//ˈwərld ˌwɪ(ə)ri/