tiresome

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tiresome 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 Tiresome Fitted or tending to tire; exhausted; wearisome; fatiguing; tedious; as, a tiresome journey; a tiresome discourse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tiresome Tending to tire; exhausting the strength; fatiguing: as, a tiresome journey.
    • tiresome Exhausting the patience or attention; wearisome; tedious; prosy.
    • tiresome Synonyms and
    • tiresome Tedious, Irksome, etc. See wearisome.
    • tiresome Dull, humdrum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tiresome that tires: fatiguing: tedious
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Quotations

  • Johnson
    Johnson
    “To hear complaints is tiresome to the miserable and the happy.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Doing nothing is the most tiresome job in the world because you cannot quit and rest.”
  • Alberta Flanders
    Alberta Flanders
    “Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. teorian, to be tired—teran, to tear.

Usage

In literature:

As for Tris Penrose and his tiresome devotion, what was Tris to Roland?
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
How tiresome he was!
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
Mr Robins don't want you, Miss Saucy, no one don't want such rubbige; a naughty, tiresome gal!
"Zoe" by Evelyn Whitaker
It was tiresome on the whole.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
It would have been so tiresome if he had returned with her.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Really he was very tiresome about teasing poor Racey sometimes.
"The Boys and I" by Mrs. Molesworth
What he can see in that tiresome little cat beats me.
"I'll Leave It To You" by Noel Coward
I believe to travel is the most likely way to make a solitude agreeable, and not tiresome: remember you have promised it.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
And now one thing was certain: it was very tiresome that his son should be called up just at this moment.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Her aunt is a good creature, but, as a constant companion, must be very tiresome.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
But as she talked well this was not so tiresome as it might have been.
"The Squire's Daughter" by Archibald Marshall
But then you know I am a tiresome practical person.
"The Campfire Girls on the Field of Honor" by Margaret Vandercook
There are some tiresome people coming to dine to-night, and I must go home.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Swingin' that ere gun that way is awful tiresome.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
But come, do not fancy I want to make you a convert to these tiresome theories of mine.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
A good woman is an admirable creation of Providence, for certain uses in her generation; but she is tiresome.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
Nobody else should trouble themselves with the tiresome little ungrateful things.
"Sowing and Sewing" by Charlotte Mary Yonge
They must find it very tiresome to be kept waiting like that!
"The Betrothal" by Maurice Maeterlinck
This was the tiresome, dreadfully tiresome and discouraging path that I trod that night, for hour after hour, in my efforts to get home.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
It was evident she had a very tiresome cold.
"Vera" by Elisabeth von Arnim
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In poetry:

Weary pilgrim, take thy rest,
Thine has been a tiresome road;
Aching head and tortur'd breast,
Added to thy galling load.
"On The Death Of Elizabeth Scott" by David John Scott
Return, O God of love, return;
Earth is a tiresome place:
How long shall we, thy children, mourn
Our absence from thy face?
"Psalm 90 part 3" by Isaac Watts
In thee I trust, to thee I sigh,
And lift my heavy soul on high;
For thee sit waiting all the day,
And wear the tiresome hours away.
"Psalm 143" by Isaac Watts
My life itself without thy love
No taste of pleasure could afford;
'Twould but a tiresome burden prove,
If I were banish'd from the Lord.
"Psalm 63" by Isaac Watts
Then man to daily labor goes;
The night was made for his repose;
Sleep is thy gift, that sweet relief
From tiresome toil and wasting grief.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
Thus, when our first release we gain
From sin's old yoke, and Satan's chain,
We have this desert world to pass,
A dangerous and a tiresome place.
"Psalm 107 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Candidates' Spending Spree Could Get Tiresome .
Chasing skirts grows tiresome in 'Salt of Life.
Steve Jobs, tiresome jerk of genius.
Miami act getting tiresome .
New greatness or ' tiresome squabbles.
Big Ten expansion talk is getting tiresome .
Survivors struggle against virus in '28 Days Later' / The infected get sick right away, with no tiresome waiting for audience.
Tired Nets Finish Tiresome Season.
After the Tiresomely Hip, the Tender.
Shoveling snow can be a tiresome and treacherous chore, and even though winter has been mild thus far, it is very likely that local walkways and driveways will need shoveling at some point this season.
Meetings held by conference call already save time and money, not to mention those tiresome trips through airport security.
Theatre companies keep bashing on about how this play or that play is "relevant to our time," which can get a bit tiresome, but Good really is reflective of us.
Bad enough Emily Gould and her tiresome life will be taking up considerable space in print this weekend.
I find these conversations tiresome and would rather avoid them.
Mayor Steve Bach's continued attack on Springs Utilities is becoming tiresome and borders on the ridiculous.
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In science:

It is a simple but tiresome task to formulate a combinatorial criterion in terms of the local structure of a 2-complex (stars at its vertices) that would determine if a topological space of this complex is a 2-dimensional surface (i.e., a 2-manifold or 2-manifold with a boundary).
Diagrams with Selection and Method for Constructing Boundedly Generated and Boundedly Simple Groups
However it is possible to evaluate Eqs.(3.21) and (3.22) numerically, although it may be a tiresome process.
Skew-orthogonal polynomials: the quartic case
Moreover, small-definability restrictions are tiresome to keep track of, and some would say unaesthetic as well.
Set theory for category theory
The onus of herding the mundane and tiresome details of credential security shifts from humans to software.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
It is tiresome but straightforward to prove that the above Poisson bracket is antisymmetric and satisfies the Jacobi identity.
C.S.Xiong
We have taken the opportunity to rescale away some tiresome numerical coefficients at the same time.
W-Strings 93
The proof of this claim requires some calculations, which are tiresome, but not difficult.
A Geometric Theory for Hypergraph Matching
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