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AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:56:37 PM

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Hello!

I’ve found these 24 synonyms for the word “tired”.
I wonder which of them would you mark as the most popular and widespread (like top 5 or something like that)?
Except for “exhausted” I know it’s widely used.

1. I'm exhausted.
2. I'm (dead) beat.
3. I'm drained.
4. I'm worn out.
5. I'm done in.
6. I'm spent.
7. I'm dead on my feet.
8. I'm running on empty.
9. I'm fatigued.
10. I'm tired out.
11. I'm weary.
12. I'm dog tired.
13. I'm bone-weary (bone tired, tired to the bone).
14. I'm knackered.
15. I'm dragging.
16. I'm bushed.
17. I'm dead-tired.
18. I'm shattered.
19. I'm whacked.
20. I'm running on fumes.
21. I'm wiped out.
22. I'm wrung out.
23. I'm knocked out.
24. I'm pooped. (US?)


Thank you in advance!
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1:07:21 PM
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It would all depend on where you lived. Not just in what country - but what part of that country. (Oh, and "I'm bushed"? not really in use any more except for a handfull of elderly Aussies. "I'm spent" - steer away. It's old fashioned and was also a slang way of saying one had ejaculated! "fatigued" - only if you were in some ancient Play or theatrical presentation)

Where I live it'd be: "Knackered", "Shattered", "Done" , "Finished" and, as you mentioned: "Exhausted."
WeaselADAPT
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1:53:42 PM

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Thank you, Alyona.

I like a lot of these. Maybe Romany is right about locale making a difference, but I do not concur with the other comments, to be honest.

Most popular: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24

Most widespread: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24

Thanks again.

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Romany
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 2:43:51 PM
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In a way then, Weasel has proved my point: in American English people really would say "I'm spent" as they slump over their office desk, or "I'm fatigued" as they slogged home after missing the last bus, and "I'm bushed" which is kinda strange (to me) as Americans don't use the word "bush" to mean land that isn't built up.

Now if Drago or Sarries or Thar were to give the top 5 used where they live, they'd probably give even more cause for gob-smackery, as theirs would no doubt have words that sounded strange to others too. While NKM and Aude would come up with their own list of 5.

Rest assurred however that there's no "better" word than another. Wherever one lives in the English-speaking world one "picks up" the words most used and habituates oneself to what everyone else is saying. Why, next time I move I might find myself saying "I'm spent" without even sniggering, if that was the word everyone around me was using!
thar
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:49:15 PM

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What, no 'plumb tuckered out'?


Exhaunted, knackered, worn out, whacked. Possibly done in.

Some differences - dog tired meaning you need to sleep, not just exhausted from effort.

Not "pooped!" A mixture of comical and scatological, but more apt to get you worried looks in BrE than a helping hand! Whistle
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:10:54 PM

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Also in BrE from Cockney Rhyming Slang “Cream Crackered” which comes from Knackered.
“Shagged” is another phrase that means tired.
https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/shagged
Quote:
1British informal Exhausted.
‘they were too shagged to do any cleaning’


Of course “Shag” has a particular meaning in BrE slang so the implication is you have done too much of that activity or at least look like you have.Whistle
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:55:52 AM

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AlyonaSunlight wrote:
Hello!

I’ve found these 24 synonyms for the word “tired”.
I wonder which of them would you mark as the most popular and widespread (like top 5 or something like that)?
Except for “exhausted” I know it’s widely used.
The ones I have used the most are:

1. I'm exhausted.
2. I'm beat.
3. I'm drained.
4. I'm worn out.
5. I'm done in.
6. I'm spent.
7. I'm dead on my feet.
8. I'm running on empty.
9. I'm fatigued.
10. I'm tired out.
11. I'm weary.
12. I'm dog tired.
13. I'm bone-weary (bone tired, tired to the bone).
14. I'm knackered.
15. I'm dragging.
16. I'm bushed.
17. I'm dead-tired.
18. I'm shattered.
19. I'm whacked.
20. I'm running on fumes.
21. I'm wiped out.
22. I'm wrung out.
23. I'm knocked out.
24. I'm pooped. (US?) This one is often used here in the US in a comical way with no scatological overtones. It simply means exhausted.


Thank you in advance!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:01:05 AM

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Well! Hi Alyona and Romany (and everyone).

Here are my comments. I'll mark the five favourites with a colour.

1. I'm exhausted - maybe in formal speech or writing, not in conversation.
2. I'm (dead) beat. - I've heard it, sounds old-fashioned
3. I'm drained - I don't think I've ever heard anyone say this, but I'd understand it.
4. I'm worn out - sort of "OK" but definitely not popular
5. I'm done in - I've read it in books, but only very rarely heard it spoken
6. I'm spent - never heard it
7. I'm dead on my feet - "OK" but not super-common
8. I'm running on empty - never heard it, I may have seen it in a book somewhere.
9. I'm fatigued - NO. It sounds 19th century, or even earlier.
10. I'm tired out - Fairly common
11. I'm weary - fairly common, seems that I hear it from mothers with young kids running around.
12. I'm dog tired - fairly common (but maybe a bit old-fashioned now)
13. I'm bone-weary (bone tired, tired to the bone) - I used to hear it, but haven't for years
14. I'm knackered - very common
15. I'm dragging - never heard of it, never seen it
16. I'm bushed - I've seen it in novels, but never actually heard it spoken
17. I'm dead-tired - not with a hyphen. "Dead" means "very" - "That's dead right brilliant!" - so "dead tired" just means "very tired".
18. I'm shattered - Fairly common, but used to be more common.
19. I'm whacked - very uncommon - sounds like a schoolboy phrase from "Billy Bunter"
20. I'm running on fumes - never heard of it in this context. I know it when it relates to vehicles or planes - almost out of fuel.
21. I'm wiped out - very uncommon
21A. I'm wiped - fairly common.
22. I'm wrung out - very uncommon
23. I'm knocked out - never heard of it
24. I'm pooped - I've seen it in novels, but never heard it spoken.

25. I'm buggered - THE most common (It's not swearing, not sexual. Most British people don't even KNOW the sexual, racist meaning that Americans complain about.)
AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:11:48 PM

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Thank you all so much! I really really appreciate your help!
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