from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Intended to be worn: wearing apparel.
  • adj. Causing fatigue; tiring: a wearing visit.
  • adj. Causing wear; eroding: the wearing effects of wind on rock formations.
  • adj. Subject to or showing indication of wear: lubrication applied to wearing points.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. intended to be worn
  • adj. causing tiredness
  • adj. causing erosion
  • n. the mechanical process of eroding or grinding
  • v. Present participle of wear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or designed for, wear.
  • n. The act of one who wears; the manner in which a thing wears; use; conduct; consumption.
  • n. That which is worn; clothes; garments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wasting; consuming; exhausting; tiring: as, wearing suspense or grief.
  • n. The act. of one who wears.
  • n. That which one wears; clothes; garments.
  • n. The act of wearing away or passing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. producing exhaustion
  • n. (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
  • n. the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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