from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Greek Mythology Of or relating to Sisyphus.
- adj. Endlessly laborious or futile: "Their patients' lack of education and the high cost of medicine make health care a Sisyphean task” ( Frank Gibney, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Incessant or incessantly recurring, but futile.
- adj. Relating to Sisyphus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to Sisyphus; incessantly recurring.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to Sisyphus, in Greek mythology, a king of Corinth, whose punishment in Tartarus for his crimes consisted in rolling a huge stone to the top of a hill, whence it constantly rolled down again, thus rendering his labor incessant; hence, recurring unceasingly: as, to engage in a Sisyphean task.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. both extremely effortful and futile
- adj. of or relating to Sisyphus
From Latin Sisyphēius, from Greek Sisupheios, from Sisuphos, Sisyphus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sisyphus, from Ancient Greek Σίσυφος (Sisuphos). Sisyphus was a Greek mythological figure who was doomed to endlessly roll a boulder up a hill in Hades. (Wiktionary)