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[tahyuh r-suh m] /ˈtaɪər səm/
causing or liable to cause a person to tire; wearisome:
a tiresome job.
annoying or vexatious.
Origin of tiresome
1490-1500; tire1 + -some1
Related forms
tiresomely, adverb
tiresomeness, noun
1. dull, fatiguing, humdrum.
2. interesting. Unabridged
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  • But there's a jerry-built climax and a prolonged, tiresome post-climax.
  • The writer used to watch summer on television but the commercials became tiresome.
  • The verbal games and puns grow tiresome after a while, but the sight gags are entertaining, and so are the performances.
  • What had seemed a melancholy happening, now seemed a tiresome anticlimax.
  • The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything.
  • She has not had half enough boating because of these tiresome visits, and she likes it better than anything.
  • It is a tiresome way of speaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush.
  • None of that changes the fact that it's basically a tiresome, tedious, thankless job.
  • There's no compelling reason to link these entries, and piecing clue fragments together is more tiresome than fun for solvers.
British Dictionary definitions for tiresome


boring and irritating; irksome
Derived Forms
tiresomely, adverb
tiresomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tiresome

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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