tedious

adjective
te·​dious | \ ˈtē-dē-əs How to pronounce tedious (audio) , 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 There's a much better film hiding somewhere inside what Westmoreland has constructed, but his inability to draw it out makes for one of the most tedious and disappointing watches of the year. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Thanksgiving Weekend," 27 Nov. 2019 Instead, Portland and Washington spent a lot of time passing the ball around midfield as the two teams battled for possession during a tedious and physical first half at Providence Park. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Attacking woes continue as Portland Thorns play Washington Spirit to scoreless draw in regular season finale," 13 Oct. 2019 The process of disputing data-meter readings is tedious and often infuriating for customers because Comcast offers no way for users to verify that individual data readings are correct. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast incorrectly charged 2,000 customers for exceeding data cap," 9 Oct. 2019 The nights were ridiculously long and the days were often tedious and mundane. BostonGlobe.com, "Caught between kids and parent with Alzheimer’s, I found a lifeline on the playground," 16 Aug. 2019 If everyone stayed exactly the same, life would be tedious and predictable. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch this Weekend: Rue & Co. face big decisions in the Euphoria season finale," 2 Aug. 2019 Planning for a successful financial future includes steps that can be tedious and rigorous. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "A trusted brand matters for real estate success," 11 July 2019 While his ascension to the second-highest level of minor league baseball has been rapid, Luzardo said the rehab process was long and tedious and emotionally draining. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Douglas star Jesus Luzardo rebounds from Tommy John surgery to promising big-league prospect," 28 June 2018 Black decided to ask the Soviets to resend the file, which meant following tedious channels: a request from the State Department to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and then on to Soviet agencies and archives. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, "The Mystery of the Trawniki Nazis," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of tedious was in the 15th century

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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tedious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tedious. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for tedious

tedious

adjective
How to pronounce tedious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tedious

: boring and too slow or long

tedious

adjective
te·​dious | \ ˈtē-dē-əs How to pronounce tedious (audio) , 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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