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[weer-ee-suh m] /ˈwɪər i səm/
causing weariness; fatiguing:
a difficult and wearisome march.
tiresome or tedious:
a wearisome person; a wearisome book.
Origin of wearisome
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English werysom. See weary, -some1
Related forms
wearisomely, adverb
wearisomeness, noun
unwearisome, adjective
1. tiring. 2. boring, monotonous, humdrum, dull, prosy, prosaic.
2. interesting. Unabridged
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  • Your society was wearisome, and the little pleasure I derived from it cost me too dear.

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
  • Other incidents of our long and wearisome journey need not be related.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • The chief characteristic of the opera was its wearisome monotony.

  • This is the most wearisome day that ever did dawn upon the world, I am certain.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The history of the Republic between 1852 and 1876 is not very interesting, and is besides too wearisome to enter into here.

    The Last Boer War H. Rider Haggard
  • Apart from these the road is wearisome and abounding with dangers.

  • Litigation would be a wearisome business and we couldn't buck her crowd down there.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • Glory found them wearisome, depressing, and often humiliating.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for wearisome


causing fatigue or annoyance; tedious
Derived Forms
wearisomely, wearifully, adverb
wearisomeness, wearifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wearisome

mid-15c., "weary," also "causing weariness," from weary + -some (1).

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