- of or intended for wear: wearing apparel
- causing wear, or gradual impairment or diminution
- wearying; tiring
- Intended to be worn: wearing apparel.
- Causing fatigue; tiring: a wearing visit.
- Causing wear; eroding: the wearing effects of wind on rock formations.
- Subject to or showing indication of wear: lubrication applied to wearing points.
(comparative more wearing, superlative most wearing)
- Present participle of wear.
Variant of wear
transitive verbwore, worn, wearing
- to have on the body or carry on the person (clothing, jewelry, a weapon, etc.)
- to hold the position or rank symbolized by: to wear the heavyweight crown
- to dress in (a specified kind of attire) so as to be in style: what college students are wearing this fall
- to have or show in one's expression or appearance: to wear a smile, wearing an air of expectancy
- to be fitted with or have on the person habitually: to wear dentures
- to have or bear as a characteristic or attribute: to wear a beard, to wear one's hair long
- to fly or show (its flag): said of a ship
- to impair, consume, or diminish as by constant use, handling, or friction: often with away
- to bring by use to a specified state: to wear a coat to rags
- to make, cause, or produce by the friction of rubbing, scraping, flowing, etc.: to wear a hole in the sole of one's shoe
- to tire or exhaust (a person)
- to pass (time) slowly or tediously: often with away or out
Origin of wearMiddle English weren ; from Old English werian, akin to Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan, to clothe ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wes-, to clothe from source Sanskrit vastra-, Classical Latin vestis, clothing, vestire, to clothe
- to become impaired, consumed, or diminished by constant use, friction, etc.: shoes that have begun to wear
- to hold up in use as specified; bear continued use or handling; last: a suit that wears well
- to become in time; grow gradually: courage that is wearing thin
- to pass away gradually: often with away or on: said of time [the year wore on]
- to have an irritating or exhausting effect (on): noise wearing on our nerves
- the act of wearing or the state of being worn
- things, esp. clothes, worn, or for wearing, on the body [children's wear]: often in combination [sportswear, footwear]
- the fashion or proper style of dress or the like
- the gradual impairment, loss, or diminution from use, friction, etc.
- the amount of such loss
- the ability to resist impairment or loss from use, friction, etc.: a lot of wear left in the tire
- to make or become worn; lose or cause to lose thickness or height by use, friction, etc.
- to tire out, or exhaust (a person); weary
- to overcome the resistance of by persistence
- to make or become useless from continued wear or use
- to waste or consume by degrees
- to tire out; exhaust
wear the pantsor wear the trousers