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adj. wea·ri·er, wea·ri·est
1. Physically or mentally tired.
2. Expressive of or prompted by tiredness: a weary smile.
3. Having one's interest, forbearance, or indulgence worn out: weary of delays.
4. Causing fatigue; tiresome: a weary wait.
tr. & intr.v. wea·ried, wea·ry·ing, wea·ries
To make or become weary. See Synonyms at tire1.

[Middle English weri, from Old English wērig.]

wea′ri·ly adv.
wea′ri·ness n.


  1. Adrenalin … seeps out of us like sawdust seeping from a stuffed toy —W. P. Kinsella
  2. An atmosphere of luxurious exhaustion, like a ripened shedding rose —Truman Capote
  3. Eyelids feel as if they are being held open by taxidermy needles —Jay Mclnerney
  4. Fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task —William James
  5. Feel … as is if my machine has temporarily run down —Janet Flanner
  6. Feel like a sneaker that’s been through a ringer —Nicholas S. Daniloff, television interview, September 14, 1986

    Daniloff’s simile expressed his feelings after two weeks in Russian captivity.

  7. Felt like an old soldier exhausted by a long retreat from battle —Kenzaburo Oë
  8. Felt like Sisyphus taking a five-minute break, like Muhammad Ali at the end of the fourteenth round in Manila —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  9. Felt perpetually tired, as though she were bleeding —Francis King
  10. Felt tired as though she had spent the day on a hot beach —Mary Hedin
  11. A flurry of fatigue swept over us like a tropical rainstorm, dropping us like sodden flies —James Crumley
  12. Growing drowsier … as if he had been counting a flock of pedigree Southdowns —Sylvia Townsend Warner
  13. Had the look of an overworked nag —Sholom Aleichem
  14. His state [from working all day] was like a flabby orange whose crushed skin is thin with pulling, and all dented in —Amy Lowell
  15. I could lie down like a tired child, and weep away the life of care —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  16. Looked haggard … like a child after too much carnival —John D. MacDonald
  17. (My time is past,) my blood is dry as my bones —Grace Paley
  18. My fingers and back feel like I’m Quasimodo —Ray Schmidt

    Schmidt’s weariness was caused by a long session of entering data into his computer, September 24, 1986

  19. Squeezed out like an old paint-tube —Lawrence Durrell
  20. Tired as an old coal miner —Reynolds Price
  21. Tired as a preacher in a border town —Thomas Zigal
  22. Tired-eyed as a diplomat —Frank Swinnerton
  23. A wave of sleepiness knocked me over like an ocean breaker —Gloria Norris
  24. Weariness … like a crushing weight —Kaatje Hurlbut
  25. (Shrugs) weary and eloquent as an ox under a yoke —George Garrett
  26. Weary and exhausted as though I had travelled along an unending road —Stefan Zweig
  27. Wearying as a holiday to a workaholic —Elyse Sommer
  28. Wore me out like a fever —Sholom Aleichem
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weariness - temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental workweariness - temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work; "he was hospitalized for extreme fatigue"; "growing fatigue was apparent from the decline in the execution of their athletic skills"; "weariness overcame her after twelve hours and she fell asleep"
temporary state - a state that continues for a limited time
asthenopia, eyestrain - a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem
jet lag - fatigue and sleep disturbance resulting from disruption of the body's normal circadian rhythm as a result of jet travel
exhaustion - extreme fatigue
grogginess - a groggy state resulting from weariness
logginess, loginess - a dull and listless state resulting from weariness



تَعَب، إرْهاق


[ˈwɪərɪnɪs] N (physical, mental) → cansancio m, fatiga f; (emotional) → hastío m


[ˈwɪərinɪs] népuisement m, lassitude f


n (physical) → Müdigkeit f; (mental) → Lustlosigkeit f; (of smile, gaze)Mattheit f; he felt a great weariness of lifeer empfand großen Lebensüberdruss or große Lebensmüdigkeit


[ˈwɪərɪnɪs] nstanchezza


(ˈwiəri) adjective
tired; with strength or patience exhausted. a weary sigh; He looks weary; I am weary of his jokes.
to (cause to) become tired. The patient wearies easily; Don't weary the patient.
ˈwearily adverb
ˈweariness noun
ˈwearisome adjective
causing weariness. a wearisome journey.
ˈwearisomely adverb
References in classic literature ?
One night when Beth looked among the books upon her table, to find something to make her forget the mortal weariness that was almost as hard to bear as pain, as she turned the leaves of her old favorite, Pilgrims's Progress, she found a little paper, scribbled over in Jo's hand.
Ned, too, finally succumbed to the overpowering weariness of the first day of travel, and he, too, slept, though it was an uneasy slumber, disturbed by a feeling as though some one were holding a heavy black quilt over his head, preventing him from breathing.
His face had a look of weariness and pleasure, like that of sick people when they feel relief from pain.
Great were the weariness and annoyance of the old Inspector and the Weighers and Gaugers, whose slumbers were disturbed by the unmercifully lengthened tramp of my passing and returning footsteps.
There was an effort in the way that, while her arms rested on the table, her hands with evident weariness supported her head; but at the moment I took this in I had already become aware that, in spite of my entrance, her attitude strangely persisted.
And here, his mad mind would run on in a breathless race; till a weariness and faintness of pondering came over him; and in the open air of the deck he would seek to recover his strength.
You meet them on the Line in time for the full flower of the Equatorial feeding season, having just returned, perhaps, from spending the summer in the Northern seas, and so cheating summer of all unpleasant weariness and warmth.
He must never start at what he sees, nor speak to other horses, nor bite, nor kick, nor have any will of his own; but always do his master's will, even though he may be very tired or hungry; but the worst of all is, when his harness is once on, he may neither jump for joy nor lie down for weariness.
There are a million people, men and women and children, who share the curse of the wage-slave; who toil every hour they can stand and see, for just enough to keep them alive; who are condemned till the end of their days to monotony and weariness, to hunger and misery, to heat and cold, to dirt and disease, to ignorance and drunkenness and vice
But the child, wholly exhausted, cried with weariness.
They were suffer- ing sharp physical pain, of course; and weariness, and hunger and thirst, no doubt; and at least none had given them the comfort of a wash, or even the poor charity of a lotion for their wounds; yet you never heard them utter a moan or a groan, or saw them show any sign of restlessness, or any disposition to com- plain.
All sense of weariness had been swept away by the invigorating refreshment of the great and hopeful discovery which he had made.