See also: Wearing
- (General American) enPR: wĕrʹĭng, IPA(key): /ˈwɛɹɪŋ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɛəɹɪŋ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛəɹɪŋ
- Homophones: waring, Waring
- (not comparable) Intended to be worn.
- Clothes used to be called wearing apparel.
- Causing tiredness; trying to a person's patience.
- 2014 August 17, Jonathan Beckman, “Chasing Lost Time: the Life of C K Scott Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy and Translator by Jean Findlay, review, pp. R24–R25]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review):
- [The biography] also displays a rather wearing fidelity to chronology that gives rise to too many summer holidays at the beginning of the book and too many royalty statements towards the end.
- Causing erosion.
- That wears (deteriorate through use), and may eventually wear out.
- 1960 December, “The first hundred 25 kV a.c. electric locomotives for B.R.”, in Trains Illustrated, page 727:
- Comparison of the four bogie designs shows that the Rugby-built A.E.I. bogie has the least number of components and a minimum of metallic wearing surfaces.
intended to be worn
wearing (plural wearings)
- The mechanical process of eroding or grinding.
- The act by which something is worn.
- formal crown-wearings
- That which is worn; clothes; garments.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Give me my nightly wearing and adieu.