from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Extremely tired.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tired as a dog after a long chase.

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  • adjective Exhausted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted


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Dog tired is an old English phrase usually hyphenated to dog-tired. An adjectival phrase meaning to be physically exhausted, it derives from an old tale of Alfred the Great who used to send his sons out with his extensive kennels of hunting dogs. Whichever of his sons, be it Athelbrod or Edwin, were able to catch more of the hounds would gain their father's right hand side at the dinner table that evening. These chases would leave them 'dog-tired' yet merry at their victory. The tradition was continued for a few generations but is not noted in literature after Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.


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