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Session 52

Tom explains some alternatives to 'tired' in this English In A Minute.

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Ways to say 'tired' in British English

Have you ever wanted to know different ways to say 'tired'? Find out with Tom in this English In A Minute.

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Let's learn some ways to say tired in British English.

I am absolutely knackered.

Knackered means very tired. As it's an extreme adjective we can say absolutely knackered.

I am worn out.

We say worn out when we're tired because we were busy.

I am spent. When you have no more energy you are spent.

I'm just completely done in.

We can also say done in and this is an adjective phrase.

Now excuse me because I am going to conk out.

- And that is a phrasal verb which means go to sleep.

Good night!

Ways to say 'tired' in British English


Knackered means very tired. It's an extreme adjective so we can use it with words like absolutely.

  • I am absolutely knackered after a long day.
  • She looks knackered after that meeting.

worn out

Worn out means we're tired because we were busy.

  • I am worn out after work today.
  • I don't think Rosemary will be joining us tonight as she's worn out.


Spent means you have no more energy.

  • Wow! After that session at the gym - I'm spent.
  • He said he's spent and going to take it easy tonight.

done in

Done in is an adjective phrase.

  • He looks done in. What's he been doing?
  • I am done in. I think I'm going to rest for a while.

conk out

Conk out is a phrasal verb which means go to sleep.

  • He's conked out upstairs after playing football.
  • I am going to conk out in a moment.


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