- 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
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Related Wordsannoying, boring, dreary, tiring, exhausting, humdrum, banal, tiresome, laborious, uninteresting, endless, arid, drab, dragging, dry, dusty, insipid, irksome, lifeless, mortal
Examples from the Web for tedious
But shaving quickly became a hassle; the tedious measure of the day at work ahead.
Shaving: the most boring, tedious thing a man must do in his little retinue of personal upkeep chores.
“It was tedious,” Lady Body told the Daily Mail of the work she did.Kate Middleton’s Code-Breaking Granny: Duchess Uncovers Wartime Secrets
June 19, 2014
It is undergoing a tedious reinvention of sorts, trying to clean up its act after decades of scandals.The Money-Laundering Vatican Bank Comes Clean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 19, 2014
It's tedious work, but Fernández and Murillo seem to truly love it.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
To turn an interesting thief into a tedious honest man was not his aim.De Profundis
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.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Not to be tedious, they had many other beliefs of a similar kind.Little Dorrit
- causing fatigue or tedium; monotonous
- obsolete progressing very slowly
Word Origin and History for tedious
early 15c., from Old French tedieus, from Late Latin taediosus "wearisome, irksome, tedious," from Latin taedium (see tedium).