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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.
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Examples from the Web for tiresome
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  • 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
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Word Origin and History for tiresome
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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