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tedious

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

Simple Definition of tedious

  • : boring and too slow or long

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tedious

  1. :  tiresome because of length or dullness :  boring <a tedious public ceremony>

tediously adverb
tediousness noun

Examples of tedious in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. Another of their assignments was to slow-fly any plane that had a new engine to break it in; that meant flying the aircraft for a tedious hour-and-a-half as slowly as it would possibly go without falling out of the sky. —Doris Weatherford, American Women and World War II, 1990

  3. From there, it became clear that the deposition was going to be neither as undramatic nor as quotidian, and even tedious, as it at first appeared. —Renata Adler, New Yorker, June 23, 1986

  4. He made a tedious 45-minute speech.

  5. The work is tedious, but it needs to get done.



Origin of tedious

Middle English, from Late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium (see tedium)


First Known Use: 15th century


TEDIOUS Defined for Kids

tedious

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

Definition of tedious for Students

  1. :  tiring because of length or dullness <a tedious explanation> <a tedious job>

tediously adverb
tediousness noun




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