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 Not all Maryland jurisdictions plan to canvass votes every day, though — the process is tedious. Washington Post, "When to expect election results in the Washington region," 14 Oct. 2020 In space, the tedious tasks of human existence become curiosities. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Who Knew a Space Toilet Could Mean So Much?," 12 Oct. 2020 The process has been a tedious marathon, these past three-plus months in relative isolation in the NBA’s bubble type of a setting at Disney World. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Heat appreciative of NBA bubble amid NFL scramble due to COVID-19," 11 Oct. 2020 Klay has a habit of pursuing lengthy and tedious digressions. Matthew Adams, Star Tribune, "REVIEW: 'Missionaries,' by Phil Klay," 9 Oct. 2020 Most filmmakers would leave that tedious moment on the cutting room floor, but not director Garrett Bradley, who is making her first nonfiction feature. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Film Review: 'Time' a terrific look at the pull of loss," 5 Oct. 2020 The laws of the recovery model were too tedious before the implementation of IBC. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "Why a “bad bank” could be a good idea for India," 30 Sep. 2020 These things have been tedious exercises in showmanship, gotcha zingers, and stale talking points. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Let Them Fight!," 30 Sep. 2020 Instead of listening to many minutes of tedious hold music, Google is introducing a new feature called Hold for Me. Rishi Iyengar And Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Google ditches the super-expensive phone race with the 5G Pixel," 30 Sep. 2020

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

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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tedious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tedious. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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