Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being tedious; tediousness or boredom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Boredom or tediousness; ennui.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Irksomeness; wearisomeness; tediousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Irksomeness; wearisomeness; tediousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  • n. dullness owing to length or slowness

Etymologies

Latin taedium, from taedēre, to weary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin taedium, from taedēre ("to weary"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As for me, I thought “The Blair Witch Project” was a comedy and “Cloverfield” was an experiment in tedium; this film is somewhat better than these two combined, but that still amounts to very little.

    Viewing enjoyment affected by very un- “Paranormal Activity” » Scene-Stealers

  • Yet active life was the genuine soil for his virtues; and he sometimes suffered tedium from the monotonous succession of events in our retirement.

    I.8

  • And while I didn’t love math class (or probably any class, there’s a certain tedium in structured learning), I never hated it in the way that many of my friends did.

    » The Poetry of Numbers Strocel.com

  • The idea of it becoming associated in people’s minds with tedium is kind of tragic.

    Reading and Writing

  • Sorry to run that down in such tedious detail but the tedium is my point.

    odd accident

  • Sumit Mitra and Anita Kaul: “Doordarshan, the tedium is the message”, India Today, New Delhi, May 31, 1982, op. cit.

    Chapter 6

  • However, Chronic City nevertheless suffers from its own kind of tedium, exactly of the sort Darby Dixon identifies when he admits he found it simply "boring."

    The Reading Experience

  • That the purport of the novel's "ideas and themes" doesn't go much beyond this surface satire is in its favor, as we aren't subjected to the kind of tedium the exploration of "ideas" in fiction usually entails.

    The Reading Experience

  • (In turn, Self describes his friend as "quiet and melancholy – he takes an artist's pleasure in the cultivation of a certain kind of tedium vitae".)

    A life in writing: Jonathan Coe

  • I'd come across positive references to it for a couple of years, topped off by a guy in the comments section of another blog raving about it, which forced me to finally cave, and your word "tedium" pretty much covers it.

    Family matters

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  • HA!

    June 30, 2007

  • Normally I say this one like "tea-dee-um", but sometimes, for kicks, I say "ted-ee-um".

    June 30, 2007