tire·some | \ˈtī(-ə)r-səm \

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

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Slow cooker roasts too, while delicious, can feel heavy and tiresome as the days become longer and (hopefully) warmer. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful vegetarian menu crosses bridge to spring," 7 Apr. 2018 Mary's ex-lover keeps video-calling the apartment and leaving desperate messages, a tiresome subplot that is sore-thumby amid all this melancholy. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ray Meets Helen': Film Review," 5 May 2018 And this might be tiresome if the digressions weren’t so good, so fully realized and meticulously, skillfully rendered. New York Times, "This Novel Opens With a Suicide and a Suitcase of Cash. Then Things Get Really Interesting.," 21 June 2018 Carrie's narration sounds clichéd, Samantha's dialogue feels unnatural and Charlotte is just plain tiresome. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "20 years later, 'Sex and the City' has aged badly (except for one key episode)," 5 June 2018 Many aircrew or preregistered frequent flyers would welcome anything that speeded up one of the most tiresome parts of modern travel. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 Unfortunately, some of that efficiency is courtesy of a fuel-saving engine start/stop feature that can’t be disabled, but does get tiresome in stop and go traffic. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is the American station wagon's last stand...sort of," 22 June 2018 Nothing against the humble rotisserie chicken, take-out or restaurant dining, but that can get kind of tiresome after a while, not to mention expensive. Lynn Petrak,, "Petrak: Craving the dying art of home cooking and baking? You can find it at west suburban farmers markets.," 5 July 2018 Furthermore, at Manchester United, reports claim the players were alarmed at the manager's inability to halt United's slide, whilst being disgruntled with Moyes' tiresome training sessions focusing on team shape and organisation., "Why David Moyes Is Not the Man to Take West Ham Forward Despite Saving Hammers From Relegation," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of tiresome

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tiresome

: causing you to feel bored, annoyed, or impatient


tire·some | \ˈtīr-səm \

Kids Definition of tiresome

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

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