Meaning of “dog-tired” in the English Dictionary

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"dog-tired" in British English

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dog-tiredadjective

uk /ˌdɒɡˈtaɪəd/ us /ˌdɑːɡˈtaɪrd/ informal

Examples from literature

  • I had been out all day, and came home dog-tired. 
  • I was so dog-tired that I slept like a log, wrapped up in my fur coat. 
  • I'm dog-tired and my left leg's got a cramp in it and I'm weak with hunger. 
  • I'm hungry, and I was dog-tired when I landed here. 
  • When we stowed our tools for the day we were dog-tired and were hustled into barracks. 

(Definition of “dog-tired” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)