tedious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tedious using or containing too many words "long-winded (or windy) speakers","verbose and ineffective instructional methods","newspapers of the day printed long wordy editorials","proceedings were delayed by wordy disputes"
    • adj tedious so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness "a boring evening with uninteresting people","the deadening effect of some routine tasks","a dull play","his competent but dull performance","a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention","what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke","tedious days on the train","the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain","other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tedious Involving tedium; tiresome from continuance, prolixity, slowness, or the like; wearisome. "I see a man's life is a tedious one.""I would not be tedious to the court."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tedious Wearisome; irksome; tiresome.
    • tedious Annoying; disagreeable; offensive; uncongenial.
    • tedious Slow; slow-going: as, a tedious course.
    • tedious Synonyms Tiresome, Irksome, etc. See wearisome.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tedious tē′di-us wearisome: tiresome from length or slowness: irksome: slow
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “It's absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
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    “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.”
  • James Boswell
    James Boswell
    “I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. taediosus, fr. taedium,. See Tedium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tædiosus.

Usage

In literature:

What followed was comparatively tedious.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
But it would be idle to carry on this comparison, already tedious.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Moreover, he avoids the commonplace and the cheap and tedious.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
Then he suddenly came to himself and realized how very tedious the long, silent ride must have been for her.
"His Heart's Queen" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
They too, in their turn, became a professional rhetoric, false and tedious.
"Romance Two Lectures" by Walter Raleigh
Otherwise we impart to the novel the tediousness of a homily without its accepted authority.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
How tediously wore that dreary night away in the sickroom, where the insensible child was watched by his mother and her friend!
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
In his Autobiography he has related in detail, even to tediousness, the events and experiences of his life in Leipzig.
"The Youth of Goethe" by Peter Hume Brown
We had a tedious time.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
The first day was the most tedious.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
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In poetry:

Lack-a-day!
The False another portion sought,
The True with tediousness were fraught,
The Best could not be bought.
"Vanitas! Vanitatum Vanitas!" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"When shall I come again!" he thought,
Ere yet the journey had begun;
It was a tedious length of way,
But he beheld an only son.
"The Grandfather's Departure" by Matilda Betham
John Gilpin’s spouse said to her dear:
"Though wedded we have been
These twice ten tedious years, yet we
No holiday have seen."
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Each hour was tedious long, yet swift
The months appear'd to roll;
And now the day return'd that shook
With terror William's soul.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
Or lose one glimpse of Heaven before the time
O most entire and perfect sacrifice,
Renewed in every pulse
That on the tedious Cross
"Tuesday Before Easter" by John Keble
And long did it struggle on earth,
With wondrous desire imbued;
But none of the tedious songs of our earth
Could rival celestial song.
"The Angel" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

In news:

From Tedious to Terrific (About Darn Time.).
But adding text to your drawings has always been so painful and tedious .
Law firm, in pursuit of Haitian property, finds the chase can be tedious and frustrating.
Seeking 12 New Yorkers to Hear Mind-Numbingly Tedious Tale of Securities Fraud.
Assessing damage from Isaac 'slow, tedious .
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi officials say assessing damages from Hurricane Isaac is a tedious task that will take time.
The first book draws us in, and the third wraps thing up, but volume two can feel as tedious as a twelve-mile detour.
He said, It's a tedious difficult thing to do.
The "City of Angels" adopts a tedious moniker.
Jeffery Eugenides' The Marriage Plot is a well-written but tedious bore of a love story.
The Tediousness of War & Bureaucracy .
"In many ways, the whole process feels like you're being violated—it's just so tedious.".
Securing wireless networks is a tedious task, but "paint shields" and improved usability may soon ease the process.
Film Dialogue, density and Robert Pattinson in Cronenberg's tedious Cosmopolis .
Endless days on a wagon train in the middle of nowhere: tedious.
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In science:

The nature of the Kalman equations (§8.3) makes the calculation of the point-spread width tedious.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
These expressions may be straightforwardly, though perhaps rather tediously, obtained by applying the original Hamiltonian, Eq. (2), to various basis states and evaluating the norm.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
The general formula for k ≥ 3 is tedious and can be found in .
An Algorithm Generating Scale Free Graphs
It is a tedious but straightforward task to determine the correct stencils for the multipole moments—one must be careful of the faces, edges, and corners of the numerical grid.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The algebra is elementary but more tedious and involved, therefore we will only list the final results of the calculation.
Replica bounds for optimization problems and diluted spin systems
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