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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tired mean? 

TIRED (adjective)
  The adjective TIRED has 2 senses:

1. depleted of strength or energy
2. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

  Familiarity information: TIRED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TIRED (adjective)

Sense 1tired [BACK TO TOP]


Depleted of strength or energy

Context examples:

tired mothers with crying babies / too tired to eat


unrefreshed; unrested (not rested or refreshed)

travel-worn (tired by travel)

ragged (worn out from stress or strain)

drained; knackered (very tired)

jaded; wearied (exhausted)

footsore (having sore or tired feet)

dog-tired; exhausted; fagged; fatigued; played out; spent; washed-out; worn out; worn-out (drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted)

drooping; flagging (weak from exhaustion)

careworn; drawn; haggard; raddled; worn (showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering)

burned-out; burnt-out (exhausted as a result of longtime stress)

bored; world-weary (tired of the world)

blear; blear-eyed; bleary; bleary-eyed (tired to the point of exhaustion)

aweary; weary (physically and mentally fatigued)

all in; beat; bushed; dead (very tired)

whacked ((British informal) exhausted or worn out)


rested (not tired; refreshed as by sleeping or relaxing)

Sense 2tired [BACK TO TOP]


Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse


banal; trite; timeworn; threadbare; stock; old-hat; hackneyed; shopworn; tired; well-worn; commonplace

Context examples:

bromidic sermons / his remarks were trite and commonplace / hackneyed phrases / a stock answer / repeating threadbare jokes / parroting some timeworn axiom / the trite metaphor 'hard as nails'


unoriginal (not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual)

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