weary

Definitions

  • "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
    • adj weary physically and mentally fatigued "`aweary' is archaic"
    • v weary exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress "We wore ourselves out on this hike"
    • v weary lose interest or become bored with something or somebody "I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Weary Causing weariness; tiresome. "Weary way.""There passed a weary time."
    • Weary Having one's patience, relish, or contentment exhausted; tired; sick; -- with of before the cause; as, weary of marching, or of confinement; weary of study.
    • Weary Having the strength exhausted by toil or exertion; worn out in respect to strength, endurance, etc.; tired; fatigued. "I care not for my spirits if my legs were not weary .""I] am weary , thinking of your task."
    • v. i Weary To grow tired; to become exhausted or impatient; as, to weary of an undertaking.
    • Weary To harass by anything irksome. "I would not cease
      To weary him with my assiduous cries."
    • Weary To make weary of anything; to exhaust the patience of, as by continuance. "I stay too long by thee; I weary thee."
    • Weary To reduce or exhaust the physical strength or endurance of; to tire; to fatigue; as, to weary one's self with labor or traveling. "So shall he waste his means, weary his soldiers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • weary Tired; exhausted by toil or exertion; having the endurance or patience worn out by continuous striving.
    • weary Impatient of or discontented with the continuance of something painful, exacting, irksome, or distasteful, and willing to be done with it; having ceased to feel pleasure (in something).
    • weary Causing fatigue; tiresome; irksome: as, a weary journey; a weary life.
    • weary Feeble; sickly; puny.
    • weary Synonyms Disgusted, wearisome. See weary, verb
    • weary To make weary; reduce or exhaust the physical strength or endurance of; fatigue; tire: as, to weary one's self with striving.
    • weary To exhaust the endurance, patience, or resistance of, as by persistence or importunity.
    • weary To pass wearily.
    • weary Synonyms Fatigue, Jade, etc. See tire.
    • weary To become weary, tired, or fatigued.
    • weary To become impatient or surfeited, as with the continuance of something that is monotonous, irksome, or distasteful.
    • weary To long; languish: with for before the object.
    • n weary A curse: used now only in the phrases Weary fa' you! Weary on you! and the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Weary wē′ri worn-out: having the strength or patience exhausted: tired: causing weariness:
    • v.t Weary to wear out or make weary: to reduce the strength or patience of: to harass
    • v.i Weary to become weary or impatient: to long for
    • n Weary wē′ri (Scot.) a curse, as in 'weary on you.'
    • adj Weary wē′ri (prov.) puny
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Quotations

  • Roden Noel
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    “What if men take to following where He leads, weary of mumbling Athanasian creeds?”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.”
  • Hugh Hamilton
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    “I never think he is quite ready for another world who is altogether weary of this.”
  • Herodotus
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    “Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “The greatest weariness comes from work not done.”

Idioms

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. weri, AS. wrig,; akin to OS. wrig, OHG. wurag,; of uncertain origin; cf. AS. wrian, to ramble
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wérig, weary.

Usage

In literature:

We toiled up a few feet only to slide back and so it went on until we were weary of life.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
He was weary of obscurity, weary of the peasant life.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
My good Roger, I weary you with my lamentations; but whom can we weary, if not our friends?
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
But the weariness of his smile!
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
She looked weary, but not ill, and Gard felt a glow of comfort.
"Out of the Ashes" by Ethel Watts Mumford
Weary, foolhardy to the last, stayed longest; but even Weary could not but admit that the case was hopeless.
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
For eight days it had been Helene's diversion to gaze on that mighty expanse of Paris, and she never wearied of doing so.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Yet men are never weary of sailing to and fro upon it, and most of the cities of the present time are upon its shore.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
Our own men were weary and disheartened, and now we had to contend with the anger of our allies.
"For The Admiral" by W.J. Marx
Now was our weariness changed to eager desire, and we at once prepared for some good sport.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
He shifted his board like a man weary of carrying a load upon one shoulder.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
It had sunk into the heavy slumber of weariness, the soundness of peasants' sleep.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Both were weary, utterly weary in body as well as mind.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
I have travelled on foot, and am very weary.
"The Jew" by Joseph Ignatius Kraszewski
This weighed heavily on him, and his heart was weary with sorrow after her.
"Old Celtic Romances" by Unknown
Perhaps this mood was partly induced by weariness.
"Istar of Babylon" by Margaret Horton Potter
A general sense of weariness.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
I am a-weary, a-weary.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
She wearied God incessantly.
"Folle-Farine" by Ouida
Babar, however, wearied of all save the giving of victuals to the poor.
"King-Errant" by Flora Annie Steel
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In poetry:

Weary, helpless hopeless seamen
Fainting on the deck,
With what joy they hail their Savior,
As He hails their wreck!
"I’ll Stand" by Daniel Webster Moody
Star of Rest! how gently closeth
Every bud beneath thy brow,
And the wearied frame reposeth
From its daily labor now.
"Star Of Rest" by James Avis Bartley
Weary, weary,
Weary early in de morn.
Weary, weary,
Early, early in de morn.
I's so weary
I wish I'd never been born.
"Po' Boy Blues" by Langston Hughes
The days are long and lonely,
The weary eve comes on,
And the nights are filled with dreaming
Of one beloved and gone.
"Rutha" by Hattie Howard
The Sabbath morn! How beautiful,
How peaceful and how blest;
An Angel's whisper seems to lull
The weary world to rest.
"Sabbath" by James Avis Bartley
The Cares of mortal life, how vain!
How empty every joy!
While grief, and weariness, and pain
The fainting mind employ.
"A Thought on Life and Death" by Ann Steele

In news:

Cheery Gehry not weary of theory.
Attention, weary students: Get your learning online and earn a get-out-of-school-free pass.
Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary.
Hurt Says Most Voters Have Grown Weary Of This Election.
Heart pump brings a year of vigor for once-weary patient.
If you like Latin cooking but have grown weary of burrito parlors and Mexican fast food, it could be time to think outside the Bell.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 's road-weary players might simply be tired of traveling all over the country.
Rocket-weary resident of southern Israel scared, but say anti-rocket campaign must carry on .
Special to Bluffton Today Bluffton's Alec Weary, left, and Drew Weary, right, placed in the top three of a recent tournament at Palmetto Dunes.
Although this is her third consecutive trip, Madison County catcher Ivie Drake hasn't grown weary of visiting Columbus in October.
Weary 12 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl.
COLUMBIA – There are two words in the weekend forecast that drought-weary mid-Missouri haven't seen for awhile: "Showers likely.".
Storm weary Northeast hit by nor 'easter.
Threat-weary Seoul residents do not share global concerns.
TOKYO — Weary of rules limiting the freedom of their "overwhelmingly outstanding" sailors, the top commanders of the US Navy in Japan eased after-hours restrictions this month.
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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
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