7 Exhaustive Ways to say Tired in Spanish

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Many people refuse to admit it, but this is an almost universal truth: traveling is tiring. If you happen to be traveling around South America, with so many places to visit you’ll certainly feel tired at some point. In which case, it’s really useful to know how to say tired in Spanish!

Read on to learn about the most popular ways to say you’re tired in Spanish.

Tired in Spanish at a Glance



Cansado (a)


Estar cansado (a)

To be tired

Verse cansado (a)

To look tired

Estar cansado(a) de alguien / algo

To be tired of someone/something

Estar harto(a) de alguien / algo

To be sick of something/someone





All the Ways to Say Tired in Spanish

Tired in Spanish

Learning how to say tired in Spanish is not especially difficult. The formula is very similar to the way it’s used in English. But there are still a few intricacies that you’ll want to keep in mind.

Cansado(a) – Tired

Cansado is the direct translation of ‘tired’. You should notice that it is an adjective that refers to people, which means that it has two different versions: a masculine one, cansado, which is used when the subject is a male, and a feminine one, cansada, used when the subject is female. If the subjects are multiple people, you’ll need to add an ‘s’ to form the plural: cansados or cansadas. Let’s see two examples:


  1. ¡Qué cansada que estoy!
  2. Me siento un poco cansado.


  1. How tired I am!
  2. I’m feeling a bit tired

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Estar cansado(a) – To be tired

As we saw in the first of the previous examples, if you want to say “I’m tired” in Spanish, you should say estar cansado (a). As you can see, in this case, the correct “to be” verb to use in this situation is estar, and not as ser. This is because being tired is a temporary condition:


  1. Yo estoy cansado(a).
  2. Vosotros(as) estáis cansados(as).


  1. I’m tired.
  2. You are tired.

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Verse cansado(a) – To look tired

Sometimes you’ll find a friend that definitely looks very, very tired. In that case, you would use the structure: verse cansado (a). To your friend you would say te ves cansado(a), which means “you look tired”. The tricky part here is the reflexive verb, verse. It essentially requires you to adapt the pronoun to the person you’re referring to. If you’re conjugating the verb in the third person, for example, you should use a third-person pronoun.

Yo me veo cansado(a).I look tired
te ves cansado(a).You look tired
Él/ella se ve cansado(a).He/she looks tired
Nosotros(as) nos vemos cansados(as).We look tired
Vosotros(as) os veis cansados(as).You look tired
Ellos/ellas se ven cansados(as).They look tired

Estar cansado(a) de alguien/algo – To be tired of someone/something

Sometimes, you’re not only tired; sometimes you’re tired of someone or something in particular. In Spanish, you can translate that as estar cansado(a) de alguien / algo . Let’s see it in action:


  1. Gabriel está cansado de Esteban.
  2. Yo estoy cansado de esperar.


  1. Gabriel is tired of Esteban.
  2. I’m tired of waiting.

Estar harto(a) de alguien/algo – to be sick of someone/something

In English, we also use the expression “to be sick of someone/something” to talk about something you’re extremely tired of. You can translate that into Spanish as Estar harto(a) de alguien / algo . As you can see, in this case, you have to use another adjective, harto(a).


  1. Estoy harto(a) de esa música.
  2. Elisa está harta de Juan.


  1. I’m sick of that music.
  2. Elisa is sick of Juan.

Tiring in Spanish

Some things produce tiredness; that’s when you say something is tiring or exhausting. In Spanish, you can translate that in a number of ways, but the two main versions include cansador and a close synonym, agotador . The two can be used interchangeably.


  1. El viaje fue agotador.
  2. Jugar al fútbol es muy cansador.


  1. The trip was exhausting.
  2. Playing football is very tiring.

Other ways to say tired in Spanish

Spanish is a very rich language, and you may want to take advantage of that richness. That’s why we’ve collected a list of synonyms and close relatives of ‘tired’; it’s not a complete list, of course, but it’ll give you a few alternatives in case you want to add a little spice to your Spanish.

  • Agotado (a): exhausted
  • Fatigado (a): fatigued
  • Extenuado (a): exhausted
  • Destruido (a): destroyed
  • Demolido (a): demolished
  • Deshecho (a): wasted
  • Aburrido (a): bored
  • Reventado (a): busted
  • Rendido (a): beat
  • Muerto (a): dead
  • Agobiado (a): overwhelmed
  • Estoy hecho(a) papilla : I’m mush
  • Estoy hecho(a) polvo : I’m knackered
  • Estoy hecho(a) trizas : I’m shattered
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