Meaning of TIRE in English


I. ˈtī(ə)r, -īə verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

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

intransitive verb

1. : to become weary : have one's strength decrease or fail

tired long before the race was over

the pitcher seems to be tiring although it is only the seventh inning

2. : to have the patience, attention, interest, or liking reduced or exhausted

never tires of reading the Bible

can describe it a thousand times before anyone tires of it — Maxwell Mays

transitive verb

1. : to exhaust or considerably decrease the physical strength of : fatigue , weary

the long hike tired the younger scouts

2. : to wear out the patience of : satiate to the point of weariness or aversion : bore completely

the endless chattering tired him and he left the room

3. : to use up : wear out : overwork

tiring the land by overcultivation


weary , fatigue , exhaust , jade , fag , tucker : tire is a general term indicating draining or bringing about loss of energy, strength, endurance, or resolution

very tired after the long day's work

weary suggests the cumulative effect of tiring until one is unable or unwilling to continue

I am wearied out — it is too much — I am but flesh and blood, and I must sleep — Edna S. V. Millay

I am wearied of keeping up deceits — Louis Bromfield

fatigue suggests a tiring out by undue or excessive effort or strain that brings lassitude and enervation

the passengers drooped on the wooden benches, too fatigued even to get the cool drinks — Dan Jacobson

I rested for the remainder of the daylight in a shrubbery, being, in my enfeebled condition, too fatigued to push on — H.G.Wells

exhaust is the strongest of these words in indicating utter draining or consuming of energy until one is without strength and energy

his bonus system would have speeded up labor in a way to exhaust men in a few years — M.R.Cohen

capacity for abstract thinking was exhausted by this effort — A.M.Young

jade applies to causing loss of freshness, spirit, animation, or interest and becoming dull, languid, or listless through overexertion or overindulging

next morning I awoke jaded with the sense of having dreamed awful things all through the night — Max Beerbohm

to minds jaded with debauches of over-emphasis it does contrive to give a thrill — C.E.Montague

fag suggests work or exertion to the point of sagging or drooping with weakness and weariness

with a gasp for breath said, “Lord, what a run. I'm fagged to death” — John Masefield

the long march up the river had fagged them brutally; overtired, the rest periods did them little good and laboring on the trail was torture — Norman Mailer

tucker is a colloquial expression meaning to fatigue and leave without strength, breath, or resolution

all tuckered out from the long climb

II. noun

( -s )

1. tires plural but singular in construction : milk sickness 1 tremble 3

2. : fatigue , weariness

III. ˈtī(ə)r, -īə noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, short for attire (II)

1. obsolete : wearing apparel : often sumptuous dress : attire

2. : a woman's headband or hair ornamentation

3. : pinafore

IV. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English tiren, short for attiren to attire — more at attire

: attire : to dress (the hair) with a tire

painted her face, and tired her head — 2 Kings 9:30 (Authorized Version)

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, probably from tire (III)

1. : the aggregate of strakes of a wheel


a. : the metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel ; specifically : the steel band shrunk on the fellies of a wagon wheel — see wheel illustration

b. : a continuous solid, partly solid, or pneumatic rubber cushion encircling and fitting into the rim of a wheel, and usually consisting when pneumatic of an external rubber-and-fabric covering containing and protecting from injury an air-filled inner tube — see bicycle illustration

c. : the external rubber-and-fabric covering of a pneumatic tire

VI. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to put a tire on : provide with tires

the blacksmith … and his young helper were tiring a wagon wheel — Jackson Burgess



variant of tier I

VIII. ˈtī(ə)rˌ-īə noun

( -s )

Etymology: French, probably back-formation from tirant tie beam, tie rod, from present participle of tirer to pull, draw — more at tirade

: the member of a flying buttress that takes the thrust

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