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Say you're back home from hiking, feel tired and just suddenly don't want to do anything. What word could I use?

I'm pretty __ now.

The first word that came to mind was lazy but it's unlikely to be correct here.

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Are you looking for a fancy word or just a regular word that fits better than 'lazy'? Are you a non-native speaker and looking for a word that corresponds to the vernacular in your native language, or are you native speaker looking for a word at the tip of your tongue? –  Mitch Sep 17 '12 at 12:58

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You could try lethargic...

of, pertaining to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish.


the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity.

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This is good, lacking in energy fit in well –  warl0ck Sep 17 '12 at 9:45

Wasted (A slang word, though)

Or jaded or exhausted

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fatigued sounds best for your implied use.

Other similar words: dog-tired, fagged, played out, spent, worn out

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You've presented an array of interesting choices. Fatigued is a good word (I'm not sure it's "best," though). I'd avoid fagged, at least in the U.S., even though the dictionary would back you up. Spent is a great choice – in addition to being fatigued, it also connotes not wanting to do anything further, in my mind anyway. –  J.R. Sep 17 '12 at 10:52

"knackered" is a word that is often used. It is a word that I do not like because it has connotations that the user is often unaware. I think that it is a word that is particularly unwise for women to use.

...the slang expression "knackered" meaning very tired, or "ready for the knacker’s yard", where old horses are slaughtered and made into dog food and glue. A knacker's yard or knackery is different from a slaughterhouse, where animals are slaughtered for human consumption.

From Wikipedia

For some reason I had the idea that 'knackers' were 'balls'. So the expression: "I'm knackered" meant "I have no balls!"

  1. A slang term for 'testicles'.

Urban Dictionary

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I don't know where this "often used," but it's not often used in the U.S. –  J.R. Sep 17 '12 at 10:47
Neither link supports the notion that “I’m knackered” means “I have no balls”. Both say “I’m knackered” means “I’m tired” and that knackers as a noun can mean testicles. In short, “I’m knackered” cannot mean “I have no balls” but could mean “I have balls”. Note, if you remove the 2nd and 3rd and perhaps the 6th and 7th sentences from your answer, I'd be glad to vote it up. –  jwpat7 Sep 17 '12 at 15:00
"Knackered" is very common in Britain, and I've never heard it used in North America. So OP should take that into consideration when choosing his/her words. –  JAM Sep 17 '12 at 15:45
If a man says that he is knackered, it means that he has no energy (no balls); a woman does not have any balls to start with. –  Robin Michael Sep 17 '12 at 16:44

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