Definitions

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

  • adjective Physically or mentally tired.
  • adjective Expressive of or prompted by tiredness.
  • adjective Having one's interest, forbearance, or indulgence worn out.
  • adjective Causing fatigue; tiresome.
  • transitive & intransitive verb To make or become weary. synonym: tire.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tired; exhausted by toil or exertion; having the endurance or patience worn out by continuous striving.
  • Impatient of or discontented with the continuance of something painful, exacting, irksome, or distasteful, and willing to be done with it; having ceased to feel pleasure (in something).
  • Causing fatigue; tiresome; irksome: as, a weary journey; a weary life.
  • Feeble; sickly; puny.
  • Synonyms Disgusted, wearisome. See weary, verb
  • noun A curse: used now only in the phrases Weary fa' you! Weary on you! and the like.
  • To make weary; reduce or exhaust the physical strength or endurance of; fatigue; tire: as, to weary one's self with striving.
  • To exhaust the endurance, patience, or resistance of, as by persistence or importunity.
  • To pass wearily.
  • Synonyms Fatigue, Jade, etc. See tire.
  • To become weary, tired, or fatigued.
  • To become impatient or surfeited, as with the continuance of something that is monotonous, irksome, or distasteful.
  • To long; languish: with for before the object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To grow tired; to become exhausted or impatient.
  • transitive verb To reduce or exhaust the physical strength or endurance of; to tire; to fatigue.
  • transitive verb To make weary of anything; to exhaust the patience of, as by continuance.
  • transitive verb To harass by anything irksome.
  • transitive verb to subdue or exhaust by fatigue.
  • adjective Having the strength exhausted by toil or exertion; worn out in respect to strength, endurance, etc.; tired; fatigued.
  • adjective Causing weariness; tiresome.
  • adjective Having one's patience, relish, or contentment exhausted; tired; sick; -- with of before the cause

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective A feeling of being mentally fatigued.
  • adjective Expressive of fatigue.
  • verb To make or to become weary.

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

  • verb exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
  • adjective physically and mentally fatigued
  • verb lose interest or become bored with something or somebody

Etymologies

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

[Middle English weri, from Old English wērig.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English wēriġ

Examples

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  • Metaplastic homonyms like this one are a favorite of the Metaplasm team.

    “One that I heard my brother use a number of years ago was ‘weary’, as in ‘I’d be a little weary of doing that.’,�? Steve Terry explains. “Of course he meant either ‘leery’ or ‘wary’, but the inadvertant portmanteau was interesting in that ‘weary’ is something you might become if you were to do something you were leery or wary of.�?

    “Exactly right Steve,�? says Metaplasm staffer, Tim C. “I’m always weary of a trip to the in-laws and by the time the visit is over I’m weary from my trip to the in-laws.�?

    September 30, 2009