Why do you need to know different ways to say I’m tired in English? For example, if you’re planning to take IELTS exam or any other English proficiency exam, you’ll be judged on use of your vocabulary.
Repeating one particular word or expression many times is big NO NO in the IELTS speaking exam.
However, having a good and wide vocabulary is not just about knowing lots of English words and phrases. You have to know how to use them.
In my English video lesson I not only give you 10 ways to say I’m tired in English but also give you relevant explanations, what does the phrase mean and how you can use it in English.
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Ways to Say I'm Tired in English
Hi there I’m Harry and welcome back to my English lessons.
Today I’m going to talk to you about different ways to say different expressions. Common English expressions that we use every day. The first expression we want to talk to you about is I AM TIRED T I R E D.
You come home from work. You’ve had a busy day, lots of meetings. You throw your bag in the corner. You take off the coat, sit down, grab a beer.
I’m tired. I’ve really had enough.
I’m tired. I just want to watch the television.
How many different ways can we say I’m tired in English?
I’m going to give you 10 examples and 10 expressions that mean exactly the same.
Some of them are colloquial. Some of them are more formal. And others are perhaps the ones that you may not have heard before.
After each one I’ll give you a little example. Hopefully, I’ll give you some different examples.
1. I AM TIRED
2. I AM WORN OUT
Worn out like a pair of shoes. You know if you have a hole in your shoe. You look at it and think: ‘This is worn out. I really don’t need it anymore.’
When we use it for ourselves I am worn out, it’s like an old pair of shoes. I’m really really tired. I’m just going to sit down here, vegetate on the chair and probably fall asleep. Well, at least that’s what I do.
3. I AM WRECKED
Wrecked is again slightly informal.
I’m wrecked means I’m completely destroyed.
I’m wrecked, I’ve been working hard every day for the last couple of weeks and I really can’t put up with this anymore. I’m completely wrecked.
A bit like ship wreck you know. When a ship wreck and a ship crashes into the rocks it’s completely destroyed. So this is where it comes from.
I am wrecked so I’ve nothing left, I’m completely destroyed, broken up.
4. I AM KNACKERED
Here’s one of these colloquial expressions and quite a lot of you probably may not have heard of this one.
I am knackered.
I am knackered comes from the expression the knackers yard.
When we send or used to send things to the knackers yard it’s where we sent things that no longer of use to us. Old machinery or metal old furniture. It would be broken up and perhaps sold for for scrap.
When horses unfortunately got to the stage when they were too old, they were sent to the knackers yard. They used to shoot the horse and then use its insides for glue and things like that. You never wanted to be sent to the knackers yard.
When we say I am knackered it means I’m of no use to anybody, I’m wrecked, I’m exhausted.
5. I AM EXHAUSTED
is a little bit more polite and it is a little bit more formal.
When we are very very tired so a little bit more extreme, we can say ‘I’m exhausted’
You have been flying on a couple of transatlantic flights recently, you get back to your home and you say:
I’m completely exhausted. I am exhausted from flying. I’m jet-lagged.
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6. I AM WHACKED
again another one of these colloquial expressions.
Whacked is spelt W H A C K E D.
This means I’m just beat, I’m finished, I’m done, I can’t do anymore.
I’m whacked. I think I’m just going to sit down, open the fridge, take out a cold beer and watch the baseball game.
7. I AM BEAT
A bit of American English.
Beat. We usually say when we get beaten in a game of football or beaten in a game of chess.
When I’m beat it means I’m finished, it’s over, I can’t do any more.
You’re out walking or slightly jogging with your friend and after five or six kilometres they say ‘Come on, hurry up!’ And you say ‘No, no, I can’t do any more. I’m beat. I have to stop. I’m just too tired, I’m beat.’
8. I AM DRAINED
if you pick up a glass or a bottle and you pour everything out of the glass or a bottle, you drain that bottle, so there’s nothing left.
When you’re drained, you’re completely empty, you have no more energy, you have to recharge yourself.
To be drained means to to be empty of any energy.
You’ve got to effectively plug yourself back in, recharge the batteries and get up and get ready for the next day.
9. I’M POOPED
again it’s like the colloquial expression.
It doesn’t have anything to do with poo and dogs. It’s pooped.
I’m pooped means I’m tired, I’m exhausted.
It’s very hot in here, I’m pooped.
And then finally
10. I’M WIPED OUT
and to be wiped out means that’s it, it’s over.
When something is wiped out then it means that it is completely finished.
For example, in a battle or a war one army wiped out the other army it means they defeated them completely.
When you say you’re wiped out, it means it’s finished, you’re over, you can’t give any more.
So there’s our 10 Different Ways to say I am tired in English:
- I am tired
- I am worn out
- I am wrecked
- I am knackered (and watch out how we spell that)
- I’m exhausted
- I am whacked
- I am beat
- I am drained
- I am pooped
- I’m wiped out