[tee-dee-uhs, tee-juhs]


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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tēdiōsus, Late Latin taediōsus. See tedium, -ous
Related formste·di·ous·ly, adverbte·di·ous·ness, nouno·ver·te·di·ous, adjectiveo·ver·te·di·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·te·di·ous·ness, nounun·te·di·ous, adjectiveun·te·di·ous·ly, adverb

Synonyms for tedious

1. wearing, boring, tiring, monotonous, dull.
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Examples from the Web for tedious

Contemporary Examples of tedious

Historical Examples of tedious

  • 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 Formstediously, adverbtediousness, noun
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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).

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