adjective te·dious \ˈtē-dē-əs, ˈtē-jəs\

: boring and too slow or long

Full Definition of TEDIOUS

:  tiresome because of length or dullness :  boring <a tedious public ceremony>
te·dious·ly adverb
te·dious·ness noun

Examples of TEDIOUS

  1. He made a tedious 45-minute speech.
  2. The work is tedious, but it needs to get done.
  3. Writing a new spreadsheet or word-processing program these days is a tedious process, like building a skyscraper out of toothpicks. —Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 16 June 1994

Origin of TEDIOUS

Middle English, from Late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium (see tedium)
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to TEDIOUS

arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, boring, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting
TEDIOUSLY Defined for Kids


adjective te·dious \ˈtē-dē-əs, ˈtē-jəs\

Definition of TEDIOUS for Kids

:  tiring because of length or dullness <a tedious explanation> <a tedious job>
te·dious·ly adverb
te·dious·ness noun


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