Meaning of TIRE in English

I. ˈtī(-ə)r verb

( tired ; tir·ing )

Etymology: Middle English tyren, from Old English tēorian, tȳrian

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

: to become weary

transitive verb

1. : to exhaust or greatly decrease the physical strength of : fatigue

2. : to wear out the patience of : bore


tire , weary , fatigue , exhaust , jade , fag mean to make or become unable or unwilling to continue. tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience

the long ride tired us out

weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing

wearied of the constant arguing

fatigue suggests causing great lassitude through excessive strain or undue effort

fatigued by the day's chores

exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion

shoveling snow exhausted him

jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness

appetites jaded by overindulgence

fag implies a drooping with fatigue

shoppers all fagged out by the Christmas rush

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, short for attire

Date: 14th century

1. obsolete : attire

2. archaic : a woman's headband or hair ornament

III. transitive verb

( tired ; tir·ing )

Date: 14th century

1. obsolete : attire

2. archaic : to adorn (the hair) with an ornament

IV. noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, probably from tire (II)

Date: 15th century

1. : a metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel

2. : a rubber cushion that fits around a wheel (as of an automobile) and usually contains compressed air

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.