Tire vs Tirelike - What's the difference?

tire | tirelike |

As a noun tire

is bundle, skein, hank.

As an adjective tirelike is

resembling or characteristic of a tire (protective wheel covering).



Etymology 1

From (etyl) tiren, tirien, teorien, from (etyl)

Alternative forms

* (l) (dialectal)


(tir) (of)
  • To become sleepy or weary.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • To make sleepy or weary.
  • To become bored or impatient (with)
  • I tire of this book.
  • To bore
  • Synonyms


    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)

    Alternative forms

    * (rubber covering on a wheel) tyre


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Accoutrements, accessories.
  • * Philips
  • the tire of war
  • (obsolete) Dress, clothes, attire.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.vii:
  • Ne spared they to strip her naked all. / Then when they had despoild her tire and call, / Such as she was, their eyes might her behold.
  • *, New York Review of Books 2001, p.66:
  • men like apes follow the fashions in tires , gestures, actions: if the king laugh, all laugh […].
  • A covering for the head; a headdress.
  • * Spenser
  • On her head she wore a tire of gold.
  • Metal rim of a wheel, especially that of a railroad locomotive.
  • (lb) The rubber covering on a wheel; a tyre.
  • A child's apron covering the upper part of the body, and tied with tape or cord; a pinafore. Also tier.
  • Usage notes
    * Tire is one of the few words where Canadian usage prefers the US spelling over the British spelling.


  • (obsolete) To dress or adorn.
  • * Bible, 2 Kings ix. 30
  • [Jezebel] painted her face, and tired her head.

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * tyre


  • (obsolete) To seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Even as an empty eagle, sharp by fast, / Tires with her beak on feathers, flesh, and bone.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • Ye dregs of baseness, vultures among men, / That tire upon the hearts of generous spirits.
  • (obsolete) To seize, rend, or tear something as prey; to be fixed upon, or engaged with, anything.
  • * Chapman
  • Thus made she her remove, / And left wrath tiring on her son.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Upon that were my thoughts tiring .

    Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • A tier, row, or rank.
  • * Milton
  • In posture to displode their second tire / Of thunder.


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    (en adjective)
  • Resembling or characteristic of a tire (protective wheel covering).