Definition of tedious in English:



  • Too long, slow, or dull; tiresome or monotonous.

    ‘a tedious journey’
    • ‘Even when done in the darkroom at home, colour film processing is a long, tedious process.’
    • ‘Running or researching can sometimes be hard work, very tedious and very competitive.’
    • ‘This movie is tedious and tiring for the audience simply because it is overwhelming.’
    • ‘So it may be only a hundred miles or so each way but they are tough miles, hard on the driver and tedious for the passenger.’
    • ‘The work was slow and tedious because it yielded such a huge amount of information.’
    • ‘Wages are low, hours are long and tedious, and management are often brittle and abrasive.’
    • ‘Machines and technology are here to make our lives easier, not to do boring, tedious tasks for us.’
    • ‘Also, its an easy way to keep your interest in what can seem to be a tedious routine at times.’
    • ‘It was laborious and tedious and horrible, but it got me interested in math.’
    • ‘Well, I must admit that I was slightly worried that it might be a rather long and tedious affair.’
    • ‘This is traditional in thrillers, and sometimes I have found it tedious and unlikely.’
    • ‘These magazines are good for a laugh but they get really really tedious and brain-numbing.’
    • ‘Climbing down the side of the cliff looked far too tedious and slow for his likes.’
    • ‘It's a long, tedious interview, and I'm not going to go through it point by point.’
    • ‘Lack of a break after a long year's tedious work will reduce the efficiency of teachers.’
    • ‘After a long and tedious journey, I reached Bled, the place where the conference was to be held.’
    • ‘It must also be done within the planning process even if it seems tedious and time consuming.’
    • ‘There are few things more tedious than the preoccupations of people for whom the drug scene has become a way of life.’
    • ‘We might even find it a bit tedious to keep reading about it in the papers.’
    • ‘Later today I head off to the airport for the tedious flight back to Europe.’
    boring, monotonous, dull, deadly dull, uninteresting, unexciting, unvaried, unvarying, lacking variety, mind-numbing, mindless, soul-destroying, soulless, humdrum, dreary, ho-hum, mundane, wearisome, wearying, tiresome, soporific, dry, as dry as dust, arid, lifeless, colourless, monochrome, uninspired, uninspiring, flat, plodding, slow, banal, vapid, insipid, bland, lacklustre, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, jejune, leaden, heavy
    long-drawn-out, overlong, long-winded, prolix, laborious, ponderous, endless, interminable
    mechanical, routine
    deadly, draggy
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Late Middle English: from Old French tedieus or late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium (see tedium).