causing or liable to cause a person to tire; wearisome: a tiresome job.
annoying or vexatious.

Origin of tiresome

First recorded in 1490–1500; tire1 + -some1
Related formstire·some·ly, adverbtire·some·ness, noun

Synonyms for tiresome

1. dull, fatiguing, humdrum.

Antonyms for tiresome Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tiresome

Contemporary Examples of tiresome

Historical Examples of tiresome

  • What a tiresome time we shall have to-morrow, when the Frenchmen are gone!


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • And now, after what I fear has been a tiresome enough prologue, my story awaits.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Nothing is so tiresome to a man of any taste or abilities as what every body knows.

  • Roland Barnette's always walked home with me, but I think he's just tiresome.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Her Sunday-school class had never been so tiresome nor so soaked in hair-oil.

British Dictionary definitions for tiresome



boring and irritating; irksome
Derived Formstiresomely, adverbtiresomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tiresome

"tedious," c.1500, from tire (v.) + -some (1). Related: Tiresomely; tiresomeness.

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