Meaning of “tired” in the English Dictionary

"tired" in British English

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tiredadjective

uk /taɪəd/ us /taɪrd/

tired adjective (NEEDING REST)

A1 in need of rest or sleep:

I was so tired when I got home from work last night that I had a quick nap.
My legs are tired.
She spoke in a tired voice.

More examples

  • When she gets home from school, she's so tired all she can do is flop down in front of the television.
  • My legs were tired after so much walking.
  • Harry's been driving all day - he must be tired.
  • Dom carried his daughter piggyback when she got too tired to walk.
  • A good massage will relax your tired muscles.

tired adjective (NOT INTERESTING)

disapproving used to describe people, ideas, or subjects that are not interesting because they are very familiar:

It's always the same tired old faces at these meetings.
be tired of sth/sb

B1 to be bored with an activity or person:

I'm so tired of doing the same job, day after day.
Don't you get tired of arguing all the time?
I'm sick and tired of you telling me what to do all the time.
tiredly
adverb uk /ˈtaɪəd.li/ us /ˈtaɪrd.li/

feeling or showing a need to rest or sleep

tiredness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtaɪəd.nəs/ us /ˈtaɪrd.nəs/

B2

He said that it was tiredness that led him to make the mistake.
I was overtaken by a sudden wave of tiredness.

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

"tired" in American English

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tiredadjective [ not gradable ]

us /tɑɪərd/

in need of rest or sleep:

I had been up all night with the baby and was really tired.
tired of

If you are tired of something, you are bored or annoyed by it:

I’m tired of cleaning up after you.

(Definition of “tired” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)