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tedious

[tee-dee-uh s, tee-juh s] /ˈti di əs, ˈti dʒəs/
adjective
1.
marked by tedium; long and tiresome:
tedious tasks; a tedious journey.
2.
wordy so as to cause weariness or boredom, as a speaker or writer; prolix.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1. wearing, boring, tiring, monotonous, dull.
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Examples from the web for tedious
  • The cocoons were then put in hot water to facilitate the difficult and tedious task of extracting the silk.
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  • The process may sound elementary, but it's extremely tedious and labor-intensive.
  • Counting endangered plants and animals is often tedious and sometimes dangerous.
  • At first they were funny, but now they are simply tedious.
  • Our students discover that the scientific method is difficult, slow, and sometimes tedious.
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  • Anyone who has been tasked with exceedingly tedious administrative work probably has an intimate understanding of this well.
  • Though frequently prolix and rhetorical, he is never tedious or irrelevant.
  • It had been a tedious few days of marathon jawing and internal spats.
British Dictionary definitions for tedious

tedious

/ˈtiːdɪəs/
adjective
1.
causing fatigue or tedium; monotonous
2.
(obsolete) progressing very slowly
Derived Forms
tediously, adverb
tediousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tedious
adj.

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

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