tire·​some | \ ˈtī(-ə)r-səm How to pronounce tiresome (audio) \

Definition of tiresome

: wearisome, tedious a tiresome lecture

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Other Words from tiresome

tiresomely adverb
tiresomeness noun

Examples of tiresome in a Sentence

All those stories about his childhood can become tiresome after a while. what a tiresome church service that turned out to be
Recent Examples on the Web For many, the winter holidays bring a slew of rituals that are tiresome, expensive or stressful, and one ritual that's often all three: The year-end tip parade. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Holiday tipping confuses nearly everyone — here's what you need to know," 20 Dec. 2019 These people are tiresome, and should not be trusted., "Sliding Doors: Predicting the Rest of the Season Under Mourinho & Allegri if Zidane Is Sacked," 23 Oct. 2019 Including Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, added a tiresome element of political divisiveness, which felt especially unnecessary at a time when everyday life is dominated by political divisiveness. oregonlive, "As Fall 2019 finally ends, here are the season’s TV winners and losers: Hallmark Channel, ‘Watchmen,’ more," 19 Dec. 2019 Adrian Martinezplays the expanded if tiresome role of the determined dog catcher, perpetually on the hunt for the nimble stray of the title, voiced by Justin Theroux. Michael Phillips,, "Disney Plus premieres a new ‘Lady and the Tramp.’ Maybe it helps to hate the ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King’ remakes, but I kind of liked it.," 14 Nov. 2019 Cleaning up after the messier elves can get tiresome! Don't worry—your in-laws might overstay their welcome, but the Elf will not. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "When Does the Elf on the Shelf Come for Christmas? And When Does the Elf on the Shelf Leave?," 8 Nov. 2019 Let’s hope team management takes fans’ hearts into consideration during off-season decision making to counteract these now-annual (and tiresome) fall meltdowns. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Readers have the answers, even if Dodgers didn’t," 11 Oct. 2019 The childish and tiresome President Trump-bashing diatribe from the letter writers seems to be de rigueur in The Denver Post. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Pay for C-470 project at pumps; Missing the point on emissions standards; Consider the context; The choice is clear: Safety measures should be mandatory (9/27/19)," 27 Sep. 2019 Musical prodigies can be insufferably tiresome, but pianist Harmony Zhu proved herself something much more than that – a deeply musical soul and nimble technician who happens to be 13 years old. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: A vast exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s legacy over 2 nights," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of tiresome

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiresome was circa 1520

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“Tiresome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tiresome

: causing you to feel bored, annoyed, or impatient


tire·​some | \ ˈtīr-səm How to pronounce tiresome (audio) \

Kids Definition of tiresome

: causing boredom, annoyance, or impatience because of length or dullness a tiresome lecture

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