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

  • adj. Physically or mentally fatigued.
  • adj. Expressive of or prompted by fatigue: a weary smile.
  • adj. Having one's interest, forbearance, or indulgence worn out: weary of delays.
  • adj. Causing fatigue; tiresome: a weary wait.
  • transitive v. To make or become weary. See Synonyms at tire1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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
  • 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.
  • n. A curse: used now only in the phrases Weary fa' you! Weary on you! and the like.

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

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


Middle English weri, from Old English wērig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wēriġ (Wiktionary)



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