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The word "joed" is a word I use frequently to describe my feeling tired or exhausted. As a child, I used to hear my grandfather say "I feel joed" before he would sit down for a respite or turn in; however, I'm not certain why the word joed means tired. Has anyone the least notion why "joed" means tired?

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I've never heard that before! Have you heard it outside of your family? –  David M Mar 13 at 0:27
Twice. Once in an episode of the Three Stooges I remember while Curly was taking a nap, Moe said "Oh, joed, are you?" before slapping Curly on the head to wake him up, and I remember in an old black and white Mickey Mouse episode, Mickey was supposed to be awake for something but he said, "I'm feeling joed" before lying done and going to sleep. Those were the only times I heard it outside of my grandfather saying it. I'm just curious to know if the word joed has any reason for meaning exhausted/tired or if it's simply one of those words that means it but hasn't any rationale for meaning it. –  User53019 Mar 13 at 6:19
It might help if you could find either of those episodes online. The Three Stooges often used random bits of Yiddish, but that wouldn't apply to Mickey Mouse. –  David M Mar 13 at 11:31
From 1944: "I'm joed out and—well, I won't mind." –  phenry Mar 14 at 2:11
I've retracted my close vote. @phenry Nice Google-fu. –  David M Mar 15 at 2:16

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This doesn't directly answer your question, but the Historical Dictionary of American Slang volume II has an entry:

jo v. 1. to spoil; (also) to exhaust. *ca*1800 in Dolph Sound Off! 503: As to Saratog' he came, thinking how to jo the game. 1932 AS VII (June) 333: Joed—tired; exhausted.

I'm not sure I agree that those citations are the same word, however, especially as the citation evidence is so sparse. AS is an American Speech article, which is about John Hopkins University language.

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