tedious

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

Definition of tedious 

: tiresome because of length or dullness : boring a tedious public ceremony

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Other Words from tedious

tediously adverb
tediousness noun

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.”

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Getting yourself a wire cutter and string winder is helpful to make the process less tedious. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 But leaving the ballroom Friday was as tedious as always and people were actually a bit antsier than usual. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jack White tried to skip 'Seven Nation Army.' His Milwaukee fans wouldn't let him," 21 Apr. 2018 There wasn't much to the story, and level design took a nosedive thanks to an emphasis on randomized encounters, replayable missions, and a tedious loot grind. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Grab Shadow Warrior 2 for free as part of GOG.com's 10th birthday celebrations," 4 Oct. 2018 Not surprisingly, a tedious exercise that stretched on for hours. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Jack Dorsey survived his grueling day in D.C.," 5 Sep. 2018 But really, organizing by color will make the tedious things, like putting your clothes away, much easier. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Is Exactly How You Can Recreate Jessie James Decker's Rainbow Closet," 15 Aug. 2018 His speech to Lawrence in the tavern was certainly as tedious as most RPG cut scenes are. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: What's in 'The Valley Beyond'?," 29 Apr. 2018 On one hand, being with small children for extended periods of time can be tedious. Redbook, "The Great Mom Debate: Do You Use Your Smartphone When You're With Your Kids?," 8 June 2011 The rickety grid and outdated power plants have made the reconstruction process costly and tedious. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility CEO Resigns After Less Than Four Months on Job," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tedious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of tedious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tedious

Middle English, from Late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium — see tedium

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More Definitions for tedious

tedious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tedious

: boring and too slow or long

tedious

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

Kids Definition of tedious

: tiring because of length or dullness a tedious explanation a tedious job

Other Words from tedious

tediously adverb
tediousness noun

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