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  1. simple past 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, John F. Kennedy, “Where We Stand”, in A Nation of Immigrants[1], Revised and Enlarged edition, Harper & Row, →LCCN, →OCLC, 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. Old and worn.
    a tired-looking hotel room
  5. (slang, African-American Vernacular) ineffectual; incompetent

Usage notes[edit]

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



See also[edit]


tired (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of tyred.
    • 1899 October, The Automobile Magazine, volume I, number 1, New York, N.Y.: The United States Industrial Publishing Company, page 86:
      With the replacement of the horse by the automobile these detrimental effects would disappear. The cost of road maintenance in parks and elsewhere would be reduced to a minimum, with the action of the elements as the only cause of “wear,” while the “tear,” which proceeds entirely from the impact of horses’ feet and the cutting of metal-tired carriage wheels would be entirely done away with.
    • 1921 May 17, “Commerce Clubs to Have Picnic at Monona Park”, in The Capital Times, volume 7, number 142, Madison, Wis., page 4, column 4:
      From Lathrop hall, Madison’s steel tired locomobiles will take the picnickers out to the suburb of South Madison.
    • 1925, Jesse R[oot] Grant, In the Days of My Father General Grant, New York, N.Y., London: Harper & Brothers, page 37:
      I remember clearly the drive down Pennsylvania Avenue to the depot, the iron-tired wheels of our carriage rattling and bumping over the cobblestones.
    • 2019 April 25, Morgan Rousseau, “SEPTA to travelers: ‘Respect the train’”, in Metro, page 4:
      “Never travel into a crossing until the flashing lights go out completely,” SEPTA Assistant General Manager of System Safety Jim Fox said Wednesday. “There may be a second train coming from the opposite direction that will re-activate the gates. Trains can’t swerve to avoid something in their way or stop on a dime like a rubber-tired vehicle.”