Asked in
Word and Phrase Origins

What is the origin of the expression you're pooped?

Answer

User Avatar
Wiki User
April 23, 2008 6:19PM

The origin of pooped, meaning very tired, is unknown. It may be onomatopoetic, recalling the sound of an exhausted sigh. Or it may come from the nautical usage, where to be pooped means to have waves breaking over the poop, or stern-end of your boat, which is an exhausting experience for the crew.