Is there a single synonym for "Tired" that only fits for the exercising "Tired" and not the sleepy "Tired"? Exhausted would work, but you could also use exhausted if you were very sleepy. I want this because I am making a card game with a word and a single definition. Here is a sample sentence that it would fit in, and another sample sentence that it should not fit in.

Should fit in:

After Mary ran 10 miles, she was _____.

Should not fit in:

After a long day of work, Gary was _____.


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    Perhaps “winded”?
    – Jim
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 0:30
  • 1
    What did the friendly thesaurus suggest which you found unsatisfying? Seems like there are a lot of choices there.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 1:55
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    I want a word that would only be applicable for the exercising tired, and not the sleepy tired. Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 2:07
  • If you wanted a word for more than just tired, bonked (completely exhausted) would work. Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 21:29

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This is as close as I could come up with: Spent. The Oxford Dictionaries says this:



  1. Having been used and unable to be used again.
    ‘a spent matchstick’

    1.1 Having no power or energy left.
    ‘the movement has become a spent force’

While this could apply to work or other non-exercise pursuits, I've generally seen it used only for working out or playing (well, one other use, but you're not old enough for that. 8^)

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