te·​di·​um | \ ˈtē-dē-əm How to pronounce tedium (audio) \

Definition of tedium

1 : the quality or state of being tedious : tediousness also : boredom
2 : a tedious period of time

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of tedium in a Sentence

The movie was three hours of tedium. I took a day off to relieve the tedium of work.
Recent Examples on the Web Things are about to become terribly bland, to the point of tedium, in the interview process. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "From flying with A’s to Zooming with Giants: Media’s closing window to teams," 2 July 2020 Having struggled successfully through the expensive ordeal of IVF, Elisabeth feels guilty complaining about the tedium of caring for her precious child. Washington Post, "In ‘Friends and Strangers,’ a new mom insists the babysitter is her buddy. She’s not.," 30 June 2020 The 60 players who report will likely split into three groups for staggered workouts for a week before launching into the potential tedium of intrasquad games and maybe — just maybe — a couple of exhibition games. Dallas News, "5 key issues Rangers need to address in spring training 2.0," 25 June 2020 The word insurance evokes in me feelings of tedium and loathing. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020 Mostly recovered but with a lingering cough that has kept her sidelined, Jones — who lives alone — was searching for a way to alleviate the tedium of being stuck at home. NBC News, "Peas and quiet? In times of turbulence, Americans turn to gardening," 19 May 2020 The video projections, fog machines and frantic musical performances add tedium rather than excitement to Williams’s twisted soap opera. New York Times, "An Online Theater Festival Where the Future Is Female," 7 May 2020 Step forward the WAGs, to save Brits from despair and tedium, at least for a little while. Hasit Shah, Quartz, "One of the UK’s warring WAGs is investigating her own Instagram account," 10 Oct. 2019 Life in lockdown To combat the tedium of life in lockdown, the two-time Olympic gold medalist has joined in the online craze of performing trick shots while in quarantine, with the help of an assistant, his pet dog Jane. Coy Wire And Matias Grez, CNN, "Caeleb Dressel: Even Olympic champions struggle to resist junk food binges during lockdown," 20 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tedium.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tedium

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tedium

Latin taedium disgust, irksomeness, from taedēre to disgust, weary

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tedium

Time Traveler for tedium

Time Traveler

The first known use of tedium was in 1662

See more words from the same year

Statistics for tedium

Last Updated

6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tedium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tedium. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tedium


How to pronounce tedium (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tedium

somewhat formal : the quality or state of being tedious or boring

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on tedium

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tedium

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with tedium

Spanish Central: Translation of tedium

Nglish: Translation of tedium for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of tedium for Arabic Speakers

Comments on tedium

What made you want to look up tedium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!