Slang Words for Tired (and How to Use Them)

Have you ever been so tired, you didn’t have a word off the top of your head to call such a state of exhaustion? Where words fail you, they’ve succeeded for someone else, and that’s how slang terms are born.

We’ve created this list of slang words for tired to show you how colorful language can be. The next time you find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open, remember these phrases and try using them to describe how you feel.


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Slang Words for Tired (in Alphabetical Order)

B

Baked

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To be extremely tired. This is one you’ll need to be careful with, however, because it can occasionally be used to refer to the state of being high on drugs, usually marijuana.
  • Example: “After several hours of taking the exam, Henry was absolutely baked.”

Beat

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): A common slang term in the US to describe exhaustion.
  • Example: “Man, I’m beat. I’m going to go to bed early.”

Bone Tired

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): When you are so tired, you can practically feel it in your bones. A penetrating state of exhaustion.
  • Example: “She was so bone tired, she collapsed as soon as she got home.”

Bushed

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): A somewhat uncommon phrase that means tired.
  • Example: “Mike’s bushed right now. How about we wait until tomorrow before we ask for his help?”

C

Cashed

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Bushed.

Checked Out

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): A state of mental fatigue. It comes from the concept of checking bags out or checking out of a hotel room.
  • Example: “You can tell she’s mentally checked out right now. Her eyes aren’t focused.”

Chuntered

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Another rare term for tiredness.
  • Example: “After spending all night at the pub, I’m chuntered.”

Crash/Crashed

Meaning:

  • (Verb): To lose all energy and usually fall into a deep sleep.
  • Example: “I’m going to crash the moment I get home.”

Cream Crackered

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Cockney rhyming slang that rhymes with the word Knackered (seen later on in this list). It simply means you’re tired.
  • Example: “Annie is always cream crackered after work.”

Crunchy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Bushed.

D

Dead on Your Feet

Meaning:

  • (Expression): A common phrase that describes someone who is up and about, walking around, but seems completely exhausted. Such a person may be yawning, staring into space, or otherwise behaving like a zombie.
  • Example: “You need to get to bed because you’re clearly dead on your feet.”

Dead Tired

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Dead on Your Feet.

Dead/Deaded

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To be deeply exhausted. This can sometimes also mean that something was really funny to you, though, especially in slang used by Generation Z.
  • Example: “She cancelled on her date tonight because she was deaded.”

Done

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To be so tired, you can’t deal with anything else.
  • Example: “Listen, I’m done for the day. I need to go to bed, and then maybe I’ll do more tomorrow.”

Done In

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): The state of being tired out of something.
  • Example: “That shift really did Mark in. He’s been sleeping since he got home.”

Donezo

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Slang word that just means “done” or finished, but it can be applied to physical or mental exhaustion.
  • Example: “Becky studied for four straight hours. She’s donezo.”

Drained

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): A mental or emotional state in which you feel as if all your energy is gone.
  • Example: “The exhausting argument left John totally drained.”

E

Exhaustipated

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Slang word that combines the words “exhausted” and “constipated.” It means that you are so tired, you don’t give a crap about anything anymore.
  • Example: “Talk to me about it tomorrow because I’m exhaustipated right now.”

F

Food Coma

Meaning:

  • (Noun): This is what happens when you eat a really heavy meal, and it leaves you tired. There’s a common Hawaiian slang word for this: kanak attack.
  • Example: “Every year after the Thanksgiving dinner, I fall into a deep food coma for a few hours.”

Fried

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): When you feel as if your brain has been short-circuited from exhaustion.
  • Example: “The bride was fried after her long wedding day.”

Frogged

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Bushed.

G

Groggy

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To feel weak or exhausted, usually from illness or after poor sleep.
  • Example: “After Beth’s cat kept her up all night, she felt groggy.”

H

Hit

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Another slang term for tired.
  • Example: “Whew, what a day! I’m hit.”

K

Knackered

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Common British slang for when one is tired.
  • Example: “Jacques wished he hadn’t stayed up so late the night before, because he’s knackered today.”

N

No Spoons/Don’t Have the Spoons

Meaning:

  • (Expression): This expression developed in reference to people who have mental illnesses or invisible disabilities. If you don’t have spoons, it means you don’t have the energy to do something, usually as a result of that illness or disability.
  • Example: “My anxiety is terrible today. I’m sorry, I just don’t have the spoons to do deal with this right now.”

O

Out of It

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To be in an unsteady mental and physical state as a result of exhaustion. Someone who is “out of it” might be zoning out, falling asleep, or being unusually quiet.
  • Example: “Anna had a long day, so she’s a little out of it.”

P

Petered Out

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Losing energy gradually because you do a lot of activities or work.
  • Example: “He petered out at the end of the day after working on the farm.”

Pooched

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Hit.

Pooped

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Hit also.

R

Rooted

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): When you are so tired, you feel like you can’t move.
  • Example: “That was a tough workout. I’m rooted. Give me some time to recover.”

Running on Fumes

Meaning:

  • (Expression): When you’re so tired, you feel as if you’re moments away from collapsing or falling asleep, but you’re still up and moving.
  • Example: “She needs to go home because she’s clearly running on fumes.”

S

Shattered

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): When you’re totally exhausted, to the point of feeling broken and on the verge of collapse.
  • Example: “I just ran a marathon. I’m shattered.”

Shot

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Shattered.

Sleepyhead

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A person who’s physically tired.
  • Example: “Ariana is such a sleepyhead today. I think she needs more sleep.”

Slumped

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Shattered.

Spent

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To have “spent” all your energy so that you have no energy left.
  • Example: “Guys, I’m spent. I’m going home.”

T

Tapped

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Spent.

Tired AF

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To be “tired as f*ck.” This is an extreme state of exhaustion that goes above and beyond a little grogginess.
  • Example: “She posted a status saying she’s tired AF after a day on the hiking trails.”

Tuckered Out

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To be tired out after doing something. This one can be used to refer to either being slightly tired or deeply tired.
  • Example: “I’m feeling a bit tuckered out right now, so I think I’ll take a nap.”

U

Under the Weather

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): An expression that means you’re not feeling your best. It could be because you’re tired, ill, or just not feeling your best emotionally.
  • Example: “She didn’t go to the party because she’s feeling a little under the weather.”

W

Wasted

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Shattered. Be careful with this phrase, though, because wasted can also mean drunk.

Read Also: British Slang for Drunk: 122 Words with Examples

Weary

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): When you’re visibly tired out by something.
  • Example: “She felt weary after her experience at the DMV.”
  • (Verb): Something that tires you out.
  • Example: “Going into the doctor’s office is always a wearying experience for Janet.”

Wiped Out

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Tired AF.

Worn Out

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Tuckered Out.

Wrecked

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): See Shattered.

Z

Zoinked

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): To be in a state of sleepiness.
  • Example: “Hank was too zoinked to repair his bike today.”

Zonked

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): Extreme exhaustion or intoxication.
  • Example: “Ben spent his evening at the bar and came home completely zonked.”

Wrap Up

Being completely exhausted isn’t a fun experience. No one likes being at that point where it’s a battle just to keep your eyes open! If you’re feeling tired beyond belief, hopefully this list helped you come up with a new way to explain how you’re feeling to others.

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