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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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  • A complete list of the things which the versatile "Wenzel" can perform would be tediously long.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • I know the age better than you do, though you will prate about it so tediously.

  • Lady Langham was there, and his neighbor commended her tediously, convinced of pleasing.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • Toward this, in an advance 178 tediously slow, the veteran made his way.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • The first ten miles passed slowly and tediously, but without mistake or mishap.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • Then to church again, and heard a simple Scot preach most tediously.

  • It was tediously long, and there was some talk of prohibiting women from being employed in it.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for tediously


causing fatigue or tedium; monotonous
(obsolete) progressing very slowly
Derived Forms
tediously, adverb
tediousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tediously



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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