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  1. simple past tense and past participle of tire


tired (comparative more tired or tireder, superlative most tired or tiredest)

  1. In need of some rest or sleep.
    • 1964, Kennedy, John F., “Where We Stand”, in A Nation of Immigrants[1], Revised and Enlarged edition, Harper & Row, LCCN 64-7830, OCLC 899031989, page 77:
      The famous words of Emma Lazarus on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty read: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Until 1921 this was an accurate picture of our society. Under present law it would be appropriate to add: “as long as they come from Northern Europe, are not too tired or too poor or slightly ill, never stole a loaf of bread, never joined any questionable organization, and can document their activities for the past two years.”
  2. Fed up, annoyed, irritated, sick of.
    I'm tired of this
  3. Overused, cliché.
    a tired song
  4. (slang, African-American Vernacular) ineffectual; incompetent

Usage notesEdit

  • Adverbs often applied to "tired": physically, mentally, emotionally.



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