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[tee-dee-uh s, tee-juh s] /ˈti di əs, ˈti dʒəs/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tēdiōsus, Late Latin taediōsus. See tedium, -ous
Related forms
tediously, adverb
tediousness, noun
overtedious, adjective
overtediously, adverb
overtediousness, noun
untedious, adjective
untediously, adverb
1. wearing, boring, tiring, monotonous, dull. Unabridged
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  • The hunt was tedious and the teamsters murmured at the delay to their camp work.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • To turn an interesting thief into a tedious honest man was not his aim.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • This has been a long, tedious march, two of our camels being tired.

  • Not to be tedious, they had many other beliefs of a similar kind.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It was a tedious tale and she who sat knitting there upon the purple rock told it to Gud in broken fragments of narration.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
British Dictionary definitions for tedious


causing fatigue or tedium; monotonous
(obsolete) progressing very slowly
Derived Forms
tediously, adverb
tediousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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