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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.
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  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
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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
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تَعَب، إرْهاق


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