Connotative Words: Other Ways to Say Tired

tiredWelcome to our Connotative Words Series. If our earlier practice has left you exhausted, you’re in luck: today we’ll have a look at some of the other ways to say tired.

Let’s imagine that it was a long, busy day, full of frantic activity, or you’ve put a great deal of effort into something, and now you feel like you’ve lost your physical or mental energy. You’re tired, that is, you need some rest (or some sleep).  If you’re extremely tired – and simply can’t go on ‑, you can formally say “I’m fatigued”or “I’m exhausted,” but know that both function as a hyperbole (a linguistic exaggeration)

More accurate ways to say you’re extremely tired include weary, which is especially helpful after very long, hard work.  Such people are described as worn out. When they are no longer effective, like an athlete, we say they’ve been played-out.   If people in general work too much and consequently get ill or fatigue sets in, we say they’re burnt-out or run-down. Someone is overtired when they’re so tired they can’t sleep. Other ways to say tired include drained, clanked, washed-out, and whacked. People are sleepy if they need to sleep; they’re drowsy if they’re half-sleep and half-awake, but that last one is typically used to describe a medicated state.

Of course, “Tired” can also mean impatient, bored or annoyed with something (e.g., an activity) or someone. With this meaning it’s usually followed by the preposition “of”, as in “She’s tired of the same old routine.” The expression “sick and tired ofsomething means that someone is completely annoyed by it while things that boreor annoy us are tiresome. Then, too, The word exhausted also describes things which have been depleted (completely emptied, finished off, or used up), especially supplies or resources; for example:  “Their conversation was exhausted in an hour.”

Whew, well I’m knackered! We must rest here and hope we hadn’t done you in (made you very tired) learning these different ways to say tired. Please visit our home page to practice other important Connotative Words!

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