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tedious

[ tee-dee-uhs, tee-juhs ]
/ ˈti di əs, ˈti dʒəs /
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adjective

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.

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monotony, sameness, dullness, dryness, boredom

Nearby words

teddy, teddy bear, teddy boy, teddy girl, tedesco, tedious, tediously, tedium, tee, tee off, tee shirt

Origin of tedious

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

/ (ˈtiːdɪəs) /

adjective

causing fatigue or tedium; monotonous
obsolete progressing very slowly
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 tediousness

tedious


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper