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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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Examples from the Web for tiresome
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  • This is such a tiresome time of year for that, and I get such yearnings for letters, and such fancies come over me.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • Nothing is so tiresome to a man of any taste or abilities as what every body knows.

  • This impulse to get away from his common and tiresome self into a new part will often carry a child rather far.

    Children's Ways James Sully
  • The one announces no tedious waits; the other no tiresome measures.

  • They felt contempt for their old Latin speech and for their literature, with the tiresome asceticism it eternally preached.

    A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele
British Dictionary definitions for tiresome


boring and irritating; irksome
Derived Forms
tiresomely, adverb
tiresomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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