Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

tiresome

[tahyuh r-suh m] /ˈtaɪər səm/
adjective
1.
causing or liable to cause a person to tire; wearisome:
a tiresome job.
2.
annoying or vexatious.
Origin of tiresome
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; tire1 + -some1
Related forms
tiresomely, adverb
tiresomeness, noun
Synonyms
1. dull, fatiguing, humdrum.
Antonyms
2. interesting.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for tiresome
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • What a tiresome time we shall have to-morrow, when the Frenchmen are gone!

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • And now, after what I fear has been a tiresome enough prologue, my story awaits.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Nothing is so tiresome to a man of any taste or abilities as what every body knows.

  • Roland Barnette's always walked home with me, but I think he's just tiresome.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Her Sunday-school class had never been so tiresome nor so soaked in hair-oil.

British Dictionary definitions for tiresome

tiresome

/ˈtaɪəsəm/
adjective
1.
boring and irritating; irksome
Derived Forms
tiresomely, adverb
tiresomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tiresome
adj.

"tedious," c.1500, from tire (v.) + -some (1). Related: Tiresomely; tiresomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tiresome

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tiresome

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for tiresome