• synonyms


[tee-dee-uh s, tee-juh s]
See more synonyms for tedious on Thesaurus.com
  1. marked by monotony or tedium; long and tiresome: tedious tasks; a tedious journey.
  2. wordy so as to cause weariness or boredom, as a speaker, a writer, or the work they produce; prolix.
Show More

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


See more synonyms for tedious on Thesaurus.com
1. wearing, boring, tiring, monotonous, dull.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tediously

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for tediously


  1. causing fatigue or tedium; monotonous
  2. obsolete progressing very slowly
Show More
Derived Formstediously, adverbtediousness, 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

Word Origin and History for tediously



early 15c., from Old French tedieus, from Late Latin taediosus "wearisome, irksome, tedious," from Latin taedium (see tedium).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper