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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Hair, blond or not, getting lighter while skin turns golden (preferably) or ruddy, is part of the pleasure of tanning, particularly if one is a little bored with oneself, or finding life itself a bit tiresome. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 With the front door closed on the unpredictable and tiresome indignities of the world out there, the salve to the cruelties of the day is this rich, nutty pesto, vibrantly green and alive with garlic, tossed with a tangle of noodles. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Desperation Dinners: Pea, Parsley and Walnut Pesto," 1 Sep. 2010 The bitterness of much of the American media toward Donald Trump can be tiresome for many readers. James Freeman, WSJ, "Don and the Dictator," 12 June 2018 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

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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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