I. verb (tired; tiring) Etymology: Middle English tyren, from Old English tēorian, tȳrian Date: before 12th century intransitive verb to become weary transitive verb 1. to exhaust or greatly decrease the physical strength of ; fatigue 2. to wear out the patience of ; bore Synonyms: tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade, fag mean to make or become unable or unwilling to continue. tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience <
the long ride tired us out
. weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing <
wearied of the constant arguing
. fatigue suggests causing great lassitude through excessive strain or undue effort <
fatigued by the day's chores
. exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion <
shoveling snow exhausted him
. jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness <
appetites jaded by overindulgence
. fag implies a drooping with fatigue <
shoppers all fagged out by the Christmas rush
. II. noun Etymology: Middle English, short for attire Date: 14th century 1. obsolete attire 2. archaic a woman's headband or hair ornament III. transitive verb (tired; tiring) Date: 14th century 1. obsolete attire 2. archaic to adorn (the hair) with an ornament IV. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, probably from 2tire Date: 15th century 1. a metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel 2. a rubber cushion that fits around a wheel (as of an automobile) and usually contains compressed air

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  • tiré — tiré, ée (ti ré, rée) part. passé de tirer. 1°   Mû, amené vers soi ou après soi. La voiture tirée par les chevaux. 2°   Tiré à quatre chevaux, écartelé.    Par un jeu de mots qui est une allusion à ce supplice. •   Il [le gazetier Marin devenu… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Tire — Tire, n. [Aphetic form of attire; OE. tir, a tir. See {Attire}.] 1. Attire; apparel. [Archaic] Having rich tire about you. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A covering for the head; a headdress. [1913 Webster] On her head she wore a tire of gold. Spenser.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tire — Tire, f. penac. Est l alleure d un seul traict sans repos, Ainsi dit on, Il va tout d une tire, Vno tractu, Vno impetu, Vno incessu, Ce qu on dit aussi, tout d un traict metaphore prinse du ject d arc. Tire aussi en equippage de femmes signifie… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • tire — vb Tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade, fag, tucker can all mean to make or in some cases to become disinclined or unable to continue because of loss of strength or endurance. Tire is the general and ordinary word and usually implies the draining …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tire — (of a wheel) see tyre. tyre, tire The standard spelling for a wheel s rubber covering is tyre in BrE and tire in AmE. Tire is the older spelling, and may be related to the word attire, a tyre being regarded as a form of ‘clothing’ for the wheel …   Modern English usage

  • tire — tire1 [tīr] vi. tired, tiring [ME tiren < OE tiorian, to fail, be tired, prob. < Gmc * tiuzōn, to stay behind < IE * deus , to cease < base * deu , to move forward] 1. to become in need of rest; become weary or fatigued through… …   English World dictionary

  • Tire — Tire, n. A tier, row, or rank. See {Tier}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In posture to displode their second tire Of thunder. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tire — Tire, v. i. [F. tirer to draw or pull; of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. tear to rend. See {Tirade}.] 1. To seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Even as an empty eagle, sharp by fast, Tires with her beak on feathers …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tire — Tire, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tiring}.] [OE. teorien to become weary, to fail, AS. teorian to be tired, be weary, to tire, exhaust; perhaps akin to E. tear to rend, the intermediate sense being, perhaps, to wear out; or cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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