from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To grow weary.
  • intransitive v. To grow bored or impatient.
  • transitive v. To diminish the strength or energy of; fatigue.
  • transitive v. To exhaust the interest or patience of; bore.
  • n. A covering for a wheel, usually made of rubber reinforced with cords of nylon, fiberglass, or other material and filled with compressed air.
  • n. A hoop of metal or rubber fitted around a wheel.
  • transitive v. To adorn or attire.
  • n. Attire.
  • n. A headband or headdress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Accoutrements, accessories.
  • n. Dress, clothes, attire.
  • n. Metal rim of a wheel, especially that of a railroad locomotive.
  • n. The rubber covering on a wheel; a tyre
  • v. To dress or adorn.
  • v. To become sleepy or weary.
  • v. To make sleepy or weary.
  • v. To become bored or impatient (with)
  • v. To bore
  • v. To seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does.
  • v. To seize, rend, or tear something as prey; to be fixed upon, or engaged with, anything.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tier, row, or rank. See tier.
  • n. Attire; apparel.
  • n. A covering for the head; a headdress.
  • n. A child's apron, covering the breast and having no sleeves; a pinafore; a tier.
  • n. Furniture; apparatus; equipment.
  • n. A ring, hoop or band, as of rubber or metal, on the circumference of the wheel of a vehicle, to impart strength and receive the wear. In Britain, spelled tyre.
  • intransitive v. To seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does.
  • intransitive v. To seize, rend, or tear something as prey; to be fixed upon, or engaged with, anything.
  • intransitive v. To become weary; to be fatigued; to have the strength fail; to have the patience exhausted.
  • transitive v. To adorn; to attire; to dress.
  • transitive v. To exhaust the strength of, as by toil or labor; to exhaust the patience of; to wear out (one's interest, attention, or the like); to weary; to fatigue; to jade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become weary, fatigued, or jaded; have the strength or the patience reduced or exhausted.
  • To make weary, weaken, or exhaust by exertion; fatigue; weary: used with reference to physical effect from either physical or mental strain.
  • To exhaust the attention or the patience of, as with dullness or tediousness; satiate, sicken, or cause repugnance in, as by excessive supply or continuance; glut.
  • Synonyms Tire, Fatigue, Weary, Jade. These words are primarily physical, and are in the order of strength. One may become tired simply by standing still, or fatigued by a little over-exertion. Fatigue suggests something of exhanstion or inability to continue exertion : as, fatigued with running. Weary implies protracted exertion or strain gradually wearing out one's strength. Jade implies the repetition of the same sort of exertion: as, a horse will become jaded sooner by driving on a dead level than if he occasionally has a hill to climb. All these words have a figurative application to the mind corresponding to their physical meaning. See fatigue, n., and wearisome.
  • To draw; pull; drag.
  • To pull apart or to pieces; rend and devour; prey upon.
  • To engage in pulling or tearing or rending; raven; prey: used especially in falconry of hawks pouncing upon their prey, and in analogous figurative applications.
  • Hence To be earnestly engaged; dwell; dote; gloat.
  • To adorn; attire; dress. See attire.
  • To prepare or equip for; make ready; setup.
  • To put a tire upon; furnish with tires: as, to tire a wheel or a wagon. Also tyre.
  • n. The feeling of being tired; a sensation of physical or mental fatigue.
  • n. A train or series.
  • n. A row; rank; course; tier; especially, a row of guns; a battery.
  • n. A stroke; hit.
  • n. Attire; dress.
  • n. Furniture; apparatus; machinery.
  • n. A head-dress. See tiara.
  • n. A bitter drink or liquor.
  • n. A continuous band of metal or other substance placed around a wheel to form the tread.
  • n. See tier, 2.

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

  • n. hoop that covers a wheel
  • v. cause to be bored
  • v. deplete
  • v. lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
  • v. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress


Middle English tiren, from Old English tēorian, tyrian.
Middle English, iron rim of a wheel, probably from tir, attire, short for atire, from attiren, to attire; see attire.
Middle English tiren, short for attiren, to attire; see attire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English tiren, tirien, teorien, from Old English tȳrian, tēorian ("to fail, cease, become weary, be tired, exhausted; tire, weary, exhaust"), from Proto-Germanic *tiuzōnan (“to cease”), from Proto-Indo-European *deus-, *dēwǝ- (“to fail, be behind, lag”). Compare Ancient Greek δεύομαι (deýomai, "to lack"), Sanskrit  (doṣa, "crime, fault, vice, deficiency"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English tire ("equipment") aphetic form of attire (Wiktionary)
French tirer ("to draw or pull"), akin to English tear ("to rend"). (Wiktionary)



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