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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Nigel Farage, the tiresome head of the new Brexit Party, said that Darroch should be fired at once. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump Isn’t the Only One Who Should Be Embarrassed by the U.K. Ambassador’s Cables," 9 July 2019 Six decades after it was made, the film still feels fresh — thanks in no small part to another summer blockbuster cycle of tiresome sequels, reboots, and remakes. Alec Dent, National Review, "North by Northwest Turns 60," 28 June 2019 Despite the strange looks and tiresome comments, Francis has no regrets about her name. John Blake, CNN, "What it's like to be a white woman named LaKiesha," 15 June 2019 These peculiar acts of devotion long ago grew tiresome for the current residents, a white couple who pelt Jimmie and Mont with groceries. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a soulful lament," 20 June 2019 But the decision cannot be divorced entirely from the EU’s tiresome preoccupation with balance of various sorts. The Economist, "The ECB presidency is distinct but not immune from backroom deals," 15 June 2019 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

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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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