tire·​some ˈtī(-ə)r-səm How to pronounce tiresome (audio)
: wearisome, tedious
a tiresome lecture
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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Word History

First Known Use

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 30 May. 2024.

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tire·​some ˈtī(ə)r-səm How to pronounce tiresome (audio)
: likely to tire one because of length or dullness : boring
a tiresome lecture
tiresomely adverb

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