tedious

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

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.

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.”

Origin and Etymology of tedious

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


First Known Use: 15th century


TEDIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

tedious

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

Definition of tedious for English Language Learners

  • : boring and too slow or long


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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