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Definitions for weary
ˈwɪər iwea·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aweary, wearyverb

    physically and mentally fatigued

    "`aweary' is archaic"

  2. tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigueverb

    exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

    "We wore ourselves out on this hike"

  3. tire, pall, weary, fatigue, jadeverb

    lose interest or become bored with something or somebody

    "I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"


  1. wearyverb

    To make or to become weary.

  2. wearyadjective

    A feeling of being mentally fatigued.

    A weary traveller knocked at the door.

  3. wearyadjective

    Expressive of fatigue.

    He gave me a weary smile.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wearyadjective

    Etymology: werig , Saxon; waeren, to be tired, Dutch

    Fair Phœbus ’gan decline, in haste,
    His weary waggon to the western vale. Edmund Spenser.

    Gentle Warwick,
    Let me embrace thee in my weary arms,
    I, that did never weep, now melt with woe. William Shakespeare.

    I am weary, yea, my memory is tir’d:
    Have we no wine here? William Shakespeare.

    An old man broken with the storms of state,
    Is come to lay his weary bones among ye:
    Give him a little earth for charity. William Shakespeare.

    Let us not be weary in well-doing. Gal. vi. 9.

    Our swords so wholly did the fates employ,
    That they at length grew weary to destroy;
    Refus’d the work we brought, and out of breath,
    Made sorrow and despair attend for death. Dryden.

    The king was as weary of Scotland, as he had been impatient to go thither, finding all things proposed to him without consideration of his honour or interest. Edward Hyde.

    My hopes all flat, nature within me seems,
    In all her functions, weary of herself. John Milton.

    See the revolution of the times,
    Make mountains level, and the continent
    Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
    Into the seas. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Their gates to all were open evermore
    That by the weary way were travelling,
    And one sat waiting ever them before
    To call in comers by that needy were and poor. Fa. Queen.

    The weariest and most lothed life
    That age, ach, penury, imprisonment,
    Can lay on nature, is a paradise
    To what we fear of death. William Shakespeare.

    Put on what weary negligence you please,
    You and your fellows; I’d have it come to question. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Wearyverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Better that the enemy seek us;
    So shall he waste his means, weary his soldiers,
    Doing himself offence. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    The people labour in the very fire, weary themselves for very vanity. Hab. ii. 13.

    Dewy sleep oppress’d them weary’d. John Milton.

    Sea would be pools without the brushing air,
    To curl the waves; and sure some little care
    Should weary nature so; to make her want repose. Dryden.

    You have already weary’d fortune so,
    She cannot farther be your friend or foe,
    But sits all breathless. Dryden.

    It would not be difficult to continue a paper by resuming the same subjects, and wearying out the reader with the same thoughts in a different phrase. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    I stay too long by thee, I weary thee. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Should the government be wearied out of its present patience, what is to be expected by such turbulent men? Addis.

    Must’ring all her wiles,
    With blandish’d parleys, feminine assaults,
    Tongue-batteries; she surceas’d not day nor night
    To storm me over-watch’d and weary’d out. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weary

    having the strength exhausted by toil or exertion; worn out in respect to strength, endurance, etc.; tired; fatigued

  2. Weary

    causing weariness; tiresome

  3. 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

  4. Wearyverb

    to reduce or exhaust the physical strength or endurance of; to tire; to fatigue; as, to weary one's self with labor or traveling

  5. Wearyverb

    to make weary of anything; to exhaust the patience of, as by continuance

  6. Wearyverb

    to harass by anything irksome

  7. Wearyverb

    to grow tired; to become exhausted or impatient; as, to weary of an undertaking

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Weary

    wē′ri, adj. worn-out: having the strength or patience exhausted: tired: causing weariness: (prov.) puny.—v.t. to wear out or make weary: to reduce the strength or patience of: to harass.—v.i. to become weary or impatient: to long for.—adjs. Wea′ried, tired; Wea′riful, wearisome.—adv. Wea′rifully.—adj. Wea′riless, incessant.—adv. Wea′rily.—n. Wea′riness.—adj. Wea′risome, making weary: tedious.—adv. Wea′risomely.—n. Wea′risomeness.—Weary out, to exhaust. [A.S. wérig, weary.]

  2. Weary

    wē′ri, n. (Scot.) a curse, as in 'weary on you.'

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of weary in a Sentence

  1. Sir Thomas More:

    Nay, tempt me not to love again There was a time when love was sweet Dear Nea had I known thee then, Our souls had not been slow to meet But oh this weary heart hath run So many a time the rounds of pain, Not even for thee, thou lovely one Would I endure such pangs again.

  2. Laurence Binyen:

    They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,We shall remember them.

  3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull our sight, producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, to put on when you're weary -- or a stool. To stumble over and vex you... curse that stool! Or else at best, a cushion, where you lean and sleep, and dream of something we are not, but would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this... that, after all, we are paid the worth of our work, perhaps.

  4. Thomas Stubbs:

    I feel lost between a rock and a weary line but I guess I will make it through.

  5. Shakespeare:

    How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

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