Word of the Day: weary

Word of the Day
June 29, 2016
weary (adjective, verb)
/ˈwɪri/  sound icon
 
 
As an adjective, weary means 'tired,' both physically and mentally, and also 'dissatisfied with something' or 'impatient.' It is also used to talk about something that causes tiredness. As a verb, weary means both 'to cause tiredness' and 'to become tired' or 'to become or make someone become impatient or dissatisfied with something.' 

 

Example sentences
 
Jenny felt weary after her long walk.
The student was weary after studying so hard for his exams.
Nancy's boss was growing weary of her excuses for being late.
The prisoner passed many weary hours in his cell.
The hard work wearied Paula.
The mountain was steep and the climbers were beginning to weary.
The teacher was wearying of his students' bad behavior.
Her elderly mother's constant criticism wearied Linda.

 

Words often used with weary
 
world-weary: to be tired, disillusioned, or bored with life in general. Example: "After working in the emergency room all her life, the doctor retired, saying she felt world weary and could no longer empathize with her patients."
 
Additional information
 
When someone is talking about the cause of someone being weary, weary is usually followed by the preposition of, in reference to dissatisfaction, or with, in reference to tiredness. So, for example, you might say that someone is "weary of" someone else's bad behavior or excuses, but you would say someone is "weary with" the effort of something.
 
Did you know?
 
Originally, weary simply meant 'tired,' but now it is often used to mean 'very tired' or even 'exhausted.' It is a more formal term for all of these concepts. As with weary, you can also use tired to say you are dissatisfied with something––for example, "I am tired of the way he always dominates the conversation."––but you cannot use exhausted that way.
 
Other forms
 
weariness (noun), wearily (adverb), wearying (adjective), wearyingly (adverb)
 
Origin
 
As an adjective, weary has been used since before the year 900. It originated in the Old English word wērig, and then the Middle English wery, meaning 'tired, exhausted, or miserable.' It is related to the Old Saxon suffix -wōrig, and to the Old English word wōrian, which meant to crumble, break down or totter. The verb came from the adjective, and was first used in Old English as wēr(i)gian, which evolved into the Middle English werien.
 
 
 
 
 
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