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This is What it REALLY Means to be “Dog-Tired”

by Adrea

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For those of you that want the formal dictionary-based answers, scroll down. For those that would like to see how the phrase is used, scroll down. For those of you who want a good chuckle, scroll down. For anyone else who just needs a break today, scroll down. Trust me.  It’s worth the effort, even if you are dog-tired.


According to, dog-tired is an adjective that means “utterly exhausted; worn out.”



The Collins English Dictionary shares the same sort of definition; “*usually postpositive) (informal) exhausted”
Bayard Taylor is credited it as a “Germanphrase,” in a 1876 letter per the Dictionary of American Slang which also states dog-tired means “very tired; exhausted;” adding “beat, pooped, wasted,” to futher clarify.


Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch used the phase in News from the Duchy, when he wrote, “But bein’ by this time pretty cold with watchi’, and dog-tired, I tumbled below and into my bunk.”



Humorist and author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote ” My new clothes was all greased up and clayey, and I was dog-tired,” in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


A quotation from Arthur Stringer’s The Prairie Wife reads, “And now I mist stop writing, and go to bed, for I am dog-tired.”


“He was dog-tired but before he slept he walked around the little pool,” wrote Joseph Everidge Kelleam in Hunters Out of Space.

Think that about covers the meaning by definition, written word, and visual expose. And with that, sleep well, little doggies.