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adjective weary pronunciation in British English /ˈwɪəri/
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  1. 1
    very tired, especially because of hard work or activity

    They collapsed on to their beds, too weary to get changed.

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    1. a.
      showing that you are very tired

      He rested his head on his hand with a weary gesture.

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    2. b.
      a weary activity is one that makes you feel very tired

      the weary tedious journey

  2. 2
    tired and impatient about something

    There was a note of weary irritation in his voice.

    weary of:

    She was weary of the constant arguments between them.

    weary of doing something:

    He was weary of repeating things again and again.

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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