Definition of weary in English:


adjectiveweariest, wearier

  • 1Feeling or showing extreme tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion.

    ‘he gave a long, weary sigh’
    • ‘Her body was tired and weary from the day's events.’
    • ‘I was feeling slightly weary after the drive and the general lack of sleep, but was quite pumped up.’
    • ‘When nightfall arrived, it found the four weary travelers just entering the city.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just gazed at the squatting figure in front of me, suddenly feeling extremely weary.’
    • ‘‘I'm sorry about this,’ he said, sounding weary.’
    • ‘Casey began to grow weary and wished she could lie down.’
    • ‘He sighed, suddenly feeling weary and old.’
    • ‘All of us were weak and weary as we journeyed home.’
    • ‘If something tires you out and makes you weary, it's probably not right.’
    • ‘Alaina fell backwards onto the bed, weary from the day's events.’
    • ‘The detective took a step back, sighing, rubbing his weary eyes with his hand.’
    • ‘Half an hour had passed when he opened the door, looking very weary.’
    • ‘Back on the streets, protesters were heading home tired, weary, and quite literally bruised.’
    • ‘She looked very weary, but brightened up at the sight of her cherished friend.’
    • ‘The kids were great, bouncing around, but the adults were a bit more weary.’
    • ‘Then she grew too weary to hold her hand up, and it fell into her lap.’
    • ‘You must be weary from your journey.’
    • ‘The weary traveller asked, ‘Ma'am, could you please move your dog.’’
    • ‘But on this particular night, his mother was weary from an unusually difficult day.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Calling for a great amount of energy or endurance; tiring and tedious.
      ‘the weary journey began again’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For City, the end of an extremely long and weary season is just 90 minutes away.’
      • ‘He was a pair of hands; he was a strong back; his sturdy legs were fit to do the commonest, the heaviest, the most weary work in the world.’
      • ‘It hooked securely to the ledge, and he began his slow, weary climb up the side of the tower.’
      • ‘He roared an order, and the rest of the company began the weary march onward.’
      • ‘But he said nothing and Allie had no choice but to follow him as they began their weary trek across the wide, empty beach.’
      • ‘And, in the back of their minds, these are the worlds they may hope to find a place in when they lay down the weary burdens of power.’
      tiring, exhausting, wearying, fatiguing, enervating, draining, sapping, stressful, wearing, trying, crushing
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  • 2Reluctant to see or experience any more of; tired of.

    ‘she was weary of their constant arguments’
    in combination ‘war-weary Americans’
    • ‘I am so weary of the Republican AND Democratic response to world crisis.’
    • ‘Now however, she has grown weary of the media, which she knows will make capital out of her marital split.’
    • ‘By now, though, Fitzpatrick is a little weary of the implicit compliments.’
    • ‘Recently he has been involved in so many wars of words that he is battle-weary.’
    • ‘I'm growing weary of pointing out what a success this campaign has been to date.’
    • ‘He admits that voters were growing weary of it all and that it hurt his party.’
    • ‘Even by midweek the supporters had grown weary of conspiracies.’
    • ‘I truly do apologise if you are growing weary of this topic, but really: you only have yourself to blame.’
    • ‘In all three cases, the public grew weary of a drawn-out war with no end in sight.’
    • ‘But he is probably the best person to tackle issues when both sides are battle-weary.’
    • ‘I grow weary of people who take all the state offers, give nothing in return yet constantly whinge that they are being short-changed.’
    • ‘Standing backstage, the world-weary piano player clenched his small hands together.’
    • ‘There is a generation of European directors who have grown weary of mainstream cinema's coy attitudes to sex.’
    • ‘People had grown weary of the fighting and saw the futility of fighting against each other.’
    • ‘I am getting a little weary of these sordid experiences, quite honestly.’
    • ‘Personally I'm a little weary of this kind of soft, gentle electronica.’
    • ‘I have grown so weary of the endless preparations that I have begun to take long walks around the countryside.’
    • ‘Our greatest hope is that humanity has grown weary of violence and is ready to listen.’
    • ‘There are plenty of others who are just plain battle-weary.’
    • ‘He looked world-weary although he'd never seen any place outside of Devonshire.’
    • ‘Jonathan had looked restrained, almost world-weary, and perhaps a little jaded even.’
    • ‘A society that has grown weary of God and politics has few talismans against disaster.’
    tired of, fed up with, bored by, bored with, sick of, sick and tired of, jaded by, jaded with, surfeited by, surfeited with, satiated by, glutted by, glutted with
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verbwearied, wearying, wearies

  • 1with object Cause to become tired.

    ‘she was wearied by her persistent cough’
    • ‘They have all seen advertising revenue decline significantly and executives believe the constant diet of down news is wearying readers and advertisers.’
    • ‘The discipline of the guards is not very good. Sentry duty wearies them, for they must also serve as torturers, interrogators and perform the duties of kidnappers.’
    • ‘While I enjoyed the news-less interlude, too many strikes will weary public patience and risk handing viewers and listeners to the opposition.’
    • ‘At any other time, this would provide a welcome diversion for a people wearied by the dreary, daily business of trying to stay alive.’
    • ‘Porter wrapped the words in a seductive tune that never wearies listeners.’
    • ‘Save for the rifles, there appeared to be no difference between exhausted captive and wearied captor.’
    • ‘I will not weary you, or spoil the book, by telling you what all these problems are.’
    • ‘I have no wish to weary you with the case I have made in the past, but make of this what you will.’
    • ‘While they both appeared with wide grins and clear good humor on Monday, both were visibly wearied by the repeated questions about U.S.-German ties.’
    • ‘The Romans, in their turn, took to burning fields themselves, trying to starve Hannibal out, trying to weary his men.’
    • ‘She resorted to all her tricks to get at the grapes, but wearied herself in vain, for she could not reach them.’
    • ‘I should add that there is another aspect to the case, his admission, but I will not weary your Honour with that.’
    • ‘But it wearied the empire builders, it no doubt wearied Fishlock, and now, sadly, it's likely to weary the average reader.’
    • ‘The small target, defensive quality of so much of the campaign has wearied me to the point of querying the worth of the democratic process.’
    • ‘The bloated, flabby, obfuscatory writing has wearied readers for two decades.’
    • ‘I had tramped miles and miles, in the hope of wearying myself so that I could sleep and forget.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could go on for many more pages in a systematic dissection of this recent work but, it will only weary the reader.’
    • ‘They were both dirty and tired-looking, wearied by the journey.’
    • ‘She has been wearied by calls from the media from throughout the country.’
    tiring, exhausting, wearing, trying, fatiguing, enervating, draining, sapping, stressful, weary, crushing
    tire, tire out, fatigue, wear out, overtire, exhaust, drain, sap, wash out, tax, overtax, enervate, debilitate, enfeeble, jade, incapacitate, devitalize, prostrate
    bore, tire, make fed up
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  • 2weary ofno object Grow tired of or bored with.

    ‘she wearied of the sameness of her life’
    • ‘EU integrationists by direct comparison seem very trustworthy indeed - even if some are wearying of their noble duties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the money can be fantastic, many quickly weary of the life.’
    • ‘Dreamy and bookish, he soon wearied of college life and enlisted in the dragoons.’
    • ‘Indeed, if they find themselves restrained by a new gripping torpor, they will soon weary of being part of the EU family.’
    • ‘Having spent a year immersed in the event, Sloan is wearying of the same old arguments, revisiting debates she thought were closed years ago.’
    tire of, become weary of, get weary of, become tired of, get tired of, become fed up with, get fed up with, become fed to death with, get fed to death with, become bored by, become bored with, get bored by, get bored with, become satiated with, get satiated with, become jaded with, get jaded with, become sick of, get sick of, become sick to death of, get sick to death of, sicken of
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  • 3Scottish no object Be distressed; fret.

    ‘don't think I'm wearying about not being able to paint any more’


  • no rest (or peace) for the weary

    • humorous One's heavy workload or lack of tranquillity is due to one's own choices.

      • ‘There's no rest for the weary when the end of the long post-season grind demands as many as four cross-continent trips.’
      • ‘I have a fairly busy week - no rest for the weary I guess.’
      • ‘There would be no rest for the wicked, and no rest for the weary.’
      • ‘Once my mind goes in a particular direction, once I decide to delve into a particular subject, there is no rest for the weary.’
      • ‘This time, Cherney was deep into mixing four different Stones DVD projects culled from the group's last tour; truly, there is no rest for the weary.’
      • ‘That means gays who eschew both the leftover left and homophobic right must carry out an ongoing battle on two fronts, with no rest for the weary.’
      • ‘So while the team finished the indoor season only weeks ago there is no rest for the weary as they prepare to head outside.’
      • ‘We are organizing as you are gloating, because in this game there is absolutely no rest for the weary.’


Old English wērig, wǣrig, of West Germanic origin.