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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wair-ing]
    • /ˈwɛər ɪŋ/
    • /ˈweə.rɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wair-ing]
    • /ˈwɛər ɪŋ/

Definitions of wearing word

  • adjective wearing gradually impairing or wasting: Reading small print can be wearing on the eyes. 1
  • adjective wearing wearying or exhausting: a wearing task. 1
  • adjective wearing relating to or made for wear. 1
  • verb with object wearing to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to wear a saber; to wear a disguise. 1
  • verb with object wearing to have or use on the person habitually: to wear a wig. 1
  • verb with object wearing to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance: to wear a smile; to wear an air of triumph. 1

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Origin of wearing

First appearance:

before 1805
One of the 41% newest English words
First recorded in 1805-15; wear + -ing2

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Wearing


wearing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wearing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wearing

adjective wearing

  • tiring — Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
  • exhausting — Making one feel very tired; very tiring.
  • trying — extremely annoying, difficult, or the like; straining one's patience and goodwill to the limit: a trying day; a trying experience.
  • tiresome — causing or liable to cause a person to tire; wearisome: a tiresome job.
  • wearisome — causing weariness; fatiguing: a difficult and wearisome march.

Antonyms for wearing

adjective wearing

  • refreshing — having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.: a refreshing nap.

Top questions with wearing

  • what are you wearing?
  • how to get away with not wearing a bra?
  • how to stop wearing makeup?
  • when did men stop wearing hats?
  • when did women start wearing bras?

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