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

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To some, Booksmart’s only-okay performance at the box office in its first week was read as a self-fulfilling prophecy about the fate of all (white) female creative teams in Hollywood (see: a redux of the tiresome 2016 Ghostbusters 3 debate). Kristen Evans, The New Republic, "Booksmart Deserved Better," 5 June 2019 After a tiresome 12 hour day of driving a taxi that barely rewarded minimum wage, my father gave his entire earnings for that week by handing over his wallet in order to escape with his life. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "11 Teen Gun Violence Survivors and Activists on the Parkland Shooting Anniversary," 14 Feb. 2019 The decade-long game of push and pull between society and the state is growing tiresome for many people. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "As Taboos Break Down, Iranians Party On," 2 June 2018 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

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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 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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