AskDefine | Define weary

The Collaborative Dictionary

Weary \Wea"ry\, a. [Compar. Wearier; superl. Weariest.] [OE. weri, AS. w?rig; akin to OS. w?rig, OHG. wu?rag; of uncertain origin; cf. AS. w?rian to ramble.] [1913 Webster]
Having the strength exhausted by toil or exertion; worn out in respect to strength, endurance, etc.; tired; fatigued. [1913 Webster] I care not for my spirits if my legs were not weary. --Shak. [1913 Webster] [I] am weary, thinking of your task. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]
Causing weariness; tiresome. "Weary way." --Spenser. "There passed a weary time." --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]
Having one's patience, relish, or contentment exhausted; tired; sick; -- with of before the cause; as, weary of marching, or of confinement; weary of study. [1913 Webster] Syn: Fatigued; tiresome; irksome; wearisome. [1913 Webster]
Weary \Wea"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wearied; p. pr. & vb. n. Wearying.] [1913 Webster]
To reduce or exhaust the physical strength or endurance of; to tire; to fatigue; as, to weary one's self with labor or traveling. [1913 Webster] So shall he waste his means, weary his soldiers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To make weary of anything; to exhaust the patience of, as by continuance. [1913 Webster] I stay too long by thee; I weary thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To harass by anything irksome. [1913 Webster] I would not cease To weary him with my assiduous cries. --Milton. [1913 Webster] To weary out, to subdue or exhaust by fatigue. [1913 Webster] Syn: To jade; tire; fatigue; fag. See Jade. [1913 Webster]
Weary \Wea"ry\, v. i. To grow tired; to become exhausted or impatient; as, to weary of an undertaking. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

weary adj : physically and mentally fatigued; "`aweary' is archaic" [syn: aweary]


1 exhaust or tire through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike" [syn: tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue] [ant: refresh]
2 get tired of something or somebody [syn: tire, pall, fatigue, jade] [also: wearied, weariest, wearier]

Moby Thesaurus

apathetic, be infinitely repetitive, be tedious, beat, benumbed, black, blase, bleak, blow, bored, break down, burden, burn out, collapse, crack up, crush one, dark, dead, debilitate, debilitated, disgusted, dismal, dispirited, do in, do up, dopey, dormant, drag on, drear, drearisome, dreary, droop, drooping, droopy, drop, drugged, dull, enervate, enervated, enfeebled, exanimate, exhaust, fag, fag out, fagged, faint, fainting, fatigue, fatigued, fed-up, feeling faint, flag, flagging, footsore, frazzle, frazzled, funebrial, funereal, gasp, get tired, give out, gloomy, glut, go on forever, good and tired, grave, gray, grim, grow weary, harass, haunt, haunt the memory, heavy, hebetudinous, inanimate, inert, irk, irked, jade, jaded, knock out, knock up, lackadaisical, languid, languorous, leaden, lethargic, life-weary, lifeless, listless, lumpish, melancholic, melancholy, moribund, numb, obsess, oppress, overfatigue, overstrain, overtire, overweary, pall, pant, peter out, phlegmatic, play out, poop, poop out, pooped, prey on, prostrate, puff, puff and blow, ready to drop, run down, run out, run ragged, run-down, sagging, sated, satiate, satiated, saturnine, seedy, sick, sick of, sink, sleepy, slow, sluggish, solemn, somber, sombrous, somnolent, splenetic, stagnant, stagnating, stultified, succumb, supine, tire, tire out, tire to death, tired, tired of, tired of living, tired to death, tired-winged, toilworn, torpid, triste, tucker, unrefreshed, unrestored, use up, vegetable, vegetative, wan, way-weary, wayworn, weak, weaken, weakened, wear, wear down, wear on, wear out, wear upon one, wearied, weariful, wearisome, weary unto death, weary-footed, weary-laden, weary-winged, weary-worn, weigh upon, weight down, wheeze, wilt, wilting, wind, world-weary, worn, worn down, worn-down






  1. A feeling of being mentally fatigued.
    A weary traveller knocked at the door.
  2. Expressive of fatigue.
    He gave me a weary smile.



feeling of being mentally fatigued
expressive of fatigue
  • Finnish: väsynyt
  • French: las, lasse
  • Japanese: 疲れた (tsukareta)
  • Russian: усталый
  • Swedish: trött

Derived terms


  1. To make or to become weary.


to make weary
  • Swedish: trötta, trötta ut
to become weary
  • Swedish: tröttna
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