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[tee-dee-uh s, tee-juh s] /ˈti di əs, ˈti dʒəs/
marked by monotony or tedium; long and tiresome:
tedious tasks; a tedious journey.
wordy so as to cause weariness or boredom, as a speaker, a writer, or the work they produce; prolix.
Origin of tedious
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tēdiōsus, Late Latin taediōsus. See tedium, -ous
Related forms
tediously, adverb
tediousness, noun
overtedious, adjective
overtediously, adverb
overtediousness, noun
untedious, adjective
untediously, adverb
1. wearing, boring, tiring, monotonous, dull. Unabridged
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  • To turn an interesting thief into a tedious honest man was not his aim.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • It would be tedious to relate each step of the ensuing negotiations.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • You may think you're very romantic, but I think you're just a tedious fool!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Vivian waited a full hour afterwards in tedious suspense in the study.

  • Not to be tedious, they had many other beliefs of a similar kind.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for tedious


causing fatigue or tedium; monotonous
(obsolete) progressing very slowly
Derived Forms
tediously, adverb
tediousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tedious

early 15c., from Old French tedieus, from Late Latin taediosus "wearisome, irksome, tedious," from Latin taedium (see tedium).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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