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dog tired. Extremely tired.

What makes you dog tired? Perhaps working like a dog makes you dog tired. Or perhaps it is the impression that dogs are always ready to nap, in some sense always tired.

In the Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s character Biondello pronounces himself to be “dog-weary.” In his commentary, editor R. Warwick Boyd defines this as “utterly weary cf. ‘dog tired’ … the comparison in these cases being to a dog after a day’s hunting.”reference 1



1.  Shakespeare, William, and R. Warwick Bond, ed. 1905. The Taming of the Shrew, The Works of Shakespeare. London: Methuen and Co.

About the illustration: A man rubbing his eyes, trying to assuage his fatigue. © 2008 Jupiterimages Corporation.
see also: work like a dog; lazy as a dog Last updated: February 11, 2008
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