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
The bags are so valuable because so few are made, only one or two a year, and because of the tedious process involved in dying the crocodile.
Watch any movie about teenagers that's set during summer and, at its heart, there's a lower middle-class kid struggling to pay for college, and thanks to the lessons learned on a tedious, underwhelming summer job, struggling to come of age.
Superhero movies have sweetened the experience with post-credit scenes that make sitting through the names a little less tedious.
Mary’s lover is a tedious writer, husband Michael’s paramour (Melora Walters) is a needy ballet teacher — and that each thinks the other doesn’t know.
The children were tasked with mostly menial jobs, none more tedious than folding stacks of pink boxes.
Beansprock, which originated from the MIT Media Lab, is another company seeking to infuse the tedious task of job hunting with an artificially intelligent touch.
A lot of aspiring writers see publishers and agents as bored nobility, offering contracts in a whimsical attempt to inject some entertainment into an otherwise tedious existence.
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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.”
TEDIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tedious for English Language Learners
: boring and too slow or long
TEDIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of tedious for Students
: tiring because of length or dullness a tedious explanation a tedious job
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