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
That’s especially true for molecular and cellular biology, in which the manual labor—squirting liquids, plating cells, counting colonies—is tedious and expensive.
While many young stars who have died from drug abuse became mythologized, stuck in an immortal fast lane, Fisher laid out the much more ragged and tedious reality of a constant struggle that millions of Americans fight.
The tedious task of reading the fine print of packaging labels will be replaced with Snap-like filters that can sort for price, nutrition, social recommendations, or reviews.
The trips to Chicago in December, Green Bay and Minnesota were tedious and treacherous.
What may sound like a thriller passed for a tedious revival of a Samuel Beckett play.
There are so many tedious tasks as a parent—buckling and unbuckling a resistant child in and out of the car seat six times a day, changing diapers, helping with homework.
In concept, the livestream is tedious and dystopian.
But Adobe has worked hard to convert its software line to a subscription business, a tedious, painful and scary transition that nonetheless has worked.
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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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