Examples of tedious in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- 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
He made a tedious 45-minute speech.
The work is tedious, but it needs to get done.
Recent Examples of tedious from the Web
Each order requires tedious measurements to fit the house perfectly.
There is more to America than the White House, with its bellicose nationalism, and the elite universities, with their tedious orthodoxies.
Instead Gawande, a best-selling author and surgeon, frets over processes and systems that others might find tedious, but that can make the difference between life and death.
The district pushed for the plan, leap-frogging the sometimes tedious review process.
Indeed, rolling back regulations at the EPA is a long, tedious process.
Bedtime beauty got a little less tedious in the 1970s with the introduction of peel-off masks, a skin-care technology that's still used today in formulas like GlamGlow's many masks.
Her exchanges with complacent publishers, tedious journalists, and egotistical writers allow Cusk to eviscerate the characters for their ignorance—of themselves, of one another, and of the changing European political landscape post-Brexit.
Clearing out the various districts is a long, tedious process that will test both your patience and your ammo supplies.
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The Long and Uneventful History of tedious
Words frequently change their meanings, and some even will go from meaning one thing to meaning something almost opposite (such as nice, which in its earliest use meant "lewd, wanton, dissolute"). Tedious is not one of these words; its meanings may have shifted over the centuries, but they have always had something to do with irksome, boring, or overlong things. The word comes from the Latin taedēre, meaning “to disgust or weary.” Tedious has been in use since the 15th century and has been included in hundreds of dictionaries, although perhaps none have rendered so poetic and succinct a definition as Nathaniel Bailey’s entry in his 1756 New Universal Etymological English Dictionary: “Wearisome by continuance.”
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blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular;
TEDIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tedious for English Language Learners
: boring and too slow or long
TEDIOUS Defined for Kids
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