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
The roads bad, and our march slow, tedious, and disagreeable.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
And now the reader shall know all about the tedious delay and the long silence, from the pen of him who survives to tell the story.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
Long and tedious was the journey.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
After this, the Den resolved itself into a social gathering, and became rather tedious.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Fritz had a tedious journey to the front.
"Fritz and Eric" by John Conroy Hutcheson
And here he had to go on another two hundred miles, and up another tedious cataract.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
The discussion was conducted in a manner that would seem to us exceedingly tedious.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
It would seem a tedious operation, but the natives are so used to it that they quickly cover a large field.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
The next day was an exceedingly long, tedious day.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
The time was no doubt to him very short; but to us it appeared rather tedious.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
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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
Stirling’s formula and elementary, but somewhat tedious calculations).
Singular 0/1-matrices, and the hyperplanes spanned by random 0/1-vectors
Altogether this analysis, although technically tedious, is obviously much cruder than a shift of the expansion point, which becomes necessary to treat the second regime.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
It appears to be possible to extend the above procedure to obtain also higher moments of ψ(S, γ , q), however the calculations become increasingly tedious.
On large deviation properties of Erdos-Renyi random graphs
This is rather tedious because one must index sorts in an unusual way.
Weak Omega Categories I
This calculation is algebraically tedious but straightforward.
Two simple problems in semiclassical dense matter physics
To make this argument formal is not difficult, but somewhat tedious.
A Hopf algebra quantizing a necklace Lie algebra canonically associated to a quiver
The integrals in Gβγ (R1 , R2 ) yield, in general, tedious expressions with one remaining angular integral.
van der Waals interaction of parallel polymers and nanotubes
Its proof is standard but somewhat tedious, and is relegated to the full paper.
The Chromatic Number of Random Regular Graphs
Applying the same scheme in a direct calculation of the ADM at the NNLO or even beyond would thus be extremely tedious.
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
Indeed, an elementary but tedious calculation shows that (3.6) and the inequalities (3.5) are fulfilled for our choice.
Edge-reinforced random walk on a ladder
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