[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.

Nearby words

  1. teddy,
  2. teddy bear,
  3. teddy boy,
  4. teddy girl,
  5. tedesco,
  6. tediously,
  7. tedium,
  8. tee,
  9. tee off,
  10. tee shirt

Origin of tedious

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tēdiōsus, Late Latin taediōsus. See tedium, -ous

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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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