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

First, Paytm is in talks with a few schools to handle all aspects of admissions, which is considered a tedious process. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Behind Paytm’s grand plan to become a one-stop shop for educational services in India," 15 July 2019 Police argue the costs are mostly due to having to redact faces and other personal information from videos, a tedious process that requires alterations in each frame. Washington Post, "Court orders D.C. officers to start collecting mandated racial data in police stops," 27 June 2019 Given the heaping piles of shovelware released on Steam these days, sitting through half an hour of even the Popular New Releases sounds pretty tedious. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Valve's intriguing 'Steam Labs' experiments help you find new games to play in a sea of releases," 11 July 2019 Scrolling through content with your voice can be tedious. courant.com, "CNET: The best smart displays of 2019," 3 July 2019 Yes, picking out those individual apples can be tedious. Leah Asmelash And Michelle Lou, CNN, "Canada and Oregon have banned single-use plastics. Here's how you can too," 12 June 2019 Staying in the Bay Area is also the most comfortable choice for a player now on the wrong side of 30 and facing a long, painful, tedious rehab. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Writers’ Roundtable: How is NBA Free Agency going to play out?," 29 June 2019 The pacing of the first six episodes is tedious, as the plot picks its way ploddingly toward a new locale while circling through old conflicts and tensions. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Empty Empowerment of The Handmaid’s Tale," 5 June 2019 The Lincoln-Douglas debates during the Illinois Senate campaign of 1858 were tedious, long-winded, and repetitious. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "James Oakes," 23 May 2019

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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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tedious

adjective

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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