Definition of tedious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtiːdiəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtiːdiəs//
Describing work
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lasting or taking too long and not interesting synonym boring The journey soon became tedious. We had to listen to the tedious details of his operation. Synonymsboringdull tediousThese words all describe a subject, activity, person or place that is not interesting or exciting.boring not interesting; making you feel tired and impatient:He’s such a boring man! She found her job very boring.dull not interesting or exciting:Life in a small town could be deadly dull.tedious lasting or taking too long and not interesting, so that you feel bored and impatient:The journey soon became tedious.Patterns to be boring/​dull/​tedious for somebody boring/​dull/​tedious subjects/​books boring/​dull/​tedious jobs/​work/​games a boring/​dull place/​man/​woman/​person deadly boring/​dull See related entries: Describing work Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French tedieus or late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium, from taedere ‘be weary of’.Extra examples Her visits were starting to get a bit tedious. The joke became increasingly tedious. It was tedious, repetitive work. There was a long, unutterably tedious wait. We had to listen to all the tedious details of his operation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tedious