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 Perhaps titillating, this approach becomes tiresome. Glenn C. Altschuler, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Philip Roth: The Biography,' by Blake Bailey," 2 Apr. 2021 Each response spotlighted a different strain of tiresome moralist posturing: What about our children? Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Lil Nas X, Cardi B, and the Anti-Pop Conservative Outrage Machine," 31 Mar. 2021 The moral victories grew stale in February and the consolation points are becoming tiresome in March. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars claw out desperately needed first regular-season regulation win over Lightning in over five years," 26 Mar. 2021 Cooking over a campfire can be a very enjoyable experience, but doing so repeatedly can be messy, frustrating and plain tiresome. Outdoor Life Commerce Team, Outdoor Life, "Best Backpacking Stove: Camping Gear That Gets You Cooking Quickly," 9 Mar. 2021 There was a tiresome dress code requiring gentlemen to wear jackets that eventually relented, relieving them of ties. New York Times, "The ‘21’ Club Isn’t Dead. Yet.," 13 Mar. 2021 Avoid impulsive behavior based on a challenging exchange or a few moments of tiresome inconvenience. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 3, 2021: Happy birthday David Faustino; Libra, be discreet," 3 Mar. 2021 But, more than anything, the month rang false, felt tiresome, and was just not enough. Chelsea Sanders,, "It’s Time To Celebrate Black History Month For Us," 1 Feb. 2021 Engaging family and friends in debate is tiresome, and the allure of shock is a speedy end to exhausting conversations. Nathan Ballantyne, Scientific American, "Can Shocking Images Persuade Doubters of COVID's Dangers?," 25 Jan. 2021

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Tiresome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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