• "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
    "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n weariness temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work "he was hospitalized for extreme fatigue","growing fatigue was apparent from the decline in the execution of their athletic skills","weariness overcame her after twelve hours and she fell asleep"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Weariness The quality or state of being weary or tried; lassitude; exhaustion of strength; fatigue. "With weariness and wine oppressed.""A man would die, though he were neither valiant nor miserable, only upon a weariness to do the same thing so oft over and over."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weariness The state of being weary or tired; that lassitude or exhaustion of strength which is induced by labor, or lack of sleep or rest; fatigue.
    • n weariness Mental depression proceeding from monotonous continuance; tedium; ennui; languor.
    • n weariness A feeling of dissatisfaction or vexation with something or with its continuance.
    • n weariness Synonyms Lassitude, etc. See fatigue.
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  • Hugh Hamilton
    Hugh Hamilton
    “I never think he is quite ready for another world who is altogether weary of this.”
  • Herodotus
    “Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “The greatest weariness comes from work not done.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Exercise is labor without weariness.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.”


No rest for the weary - No rest for the weary means that you must keep on working even though you're exhausted or tired.


In literature:

After long and weary flight Loki came to Thrymheim, and was glad enough to find Thjassa gone to sea and Idun alone in his dreary house.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
The annals of those dark days contained but a weary recital of deeds of violence, blood and woe, which for ten years desolated the land.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Her brain had grown confused with the fright and weariness.
"The Girl from Montana" by Grace Livingston Hill
I was by now weary and faint.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
At last as evening began to fall, and when he and his horse were both very weary, they came in sight of an inn.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
How weary his ear was, how weary his spirit, no tongue could tell.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
But Paul was familiar with most of the sports, and presently grew weary of watching.
"In the Wars of the Roses" by Evelyn Everett-Green
I have brought her back to you quite safe, not even weary with dancing.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
I am weary, very weary, of all this.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
We can not support the burden of these frequent diets, involving the expense of long journeys, and we are weary of expeditions and wars.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

If life were always merry,
Our souls would seek relief,
And rest from weary laughter
In the quiet arms of grief.
"If All the Skies" by Henry Van Dyke
But I know them: I weary not;
But all that they mean I know.
I would go back again home
Now. Yet how should I go?
"Home 1" by Edward Thomas
“But whenso thou art sorrowful
And weary is thy mood,
Then all within my coffin
Is it dreadful with dark blood.
"Knight Aagen And The Maiden Else" by William Morris
My weary fancy still would crave
The images it loved,
And its capricious longings still
A source of sorrow proved.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
A dead rose, a dead rose,
With which she will not part!
‘Tis not so weary as her face,
So hopeless as her heart.
"Passée" by John Joy Bell
Despair is in the suns that shine,
And in the rains that fall,
This sad forsaken soul of mine
Is weary of them all.
"In Time of Sorrow" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

When you grow weary of the Yule Log's glowing embers, flip the channel to one of these holiday classics.
they shall run, and not be weary.
A weary traveller shouldn't have any trouble finding a hotel room in Bloomington.
Weariness turning into frustration.
Power returning after Sandy but weariness grows.
Power returns, weariness mounts in east.
Power returning after Sandy, but weariness grows.
Power returning but weariness grows.
Global Memorials, Tinged With Weariness .
Journalism's slide into health-debate weariness .
Weary of the pie, but not the pumpkin.
The bustling May Avenue offers an Asian-paradise respite for the hungry and rush-hour weary.
7 Ohio State punishes weary Long Beach.
The smooth silky road from Hue to Da Nang lulls its weary travelers in to dim sleep.
Consumers Are Growing Weary of Nominal Upgrades.

In science:

Nonetheless, if blessed with some feeling for historic awareness we should be rather weary of such firm statements and claims.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
In the evening, the weary participants found refreshment(s) at an animated party at Kip Thorne’s house.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society