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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a wearisome bus ride
▪ But before I had finished this wearisome task, the cheque arrived out of the blue.
▪ But Dole, at 73, comes to bat very late in a long and wearisome game.
▪ It's hard to describe just how wearisome all this is in performance.
▪ It gives readers that necessary tug which will take them through all sorts of possibly wearisome matters to the final page.
▪ It seemed to be essential to her sense of identity, but I was finding it wearisome.
▪ The fear of protracted, wearisome and painful dying can be stronger.
▪ This is a familiar, even rather worn-out and wearisome form of irony.
▪ Waiting is the most wearisome of all activities - if, indeed, it can be called an activity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wearisome \Wea"ri*some\, a. Causing weariness; tiresome; tedious; weariful; as, a wearisome march; a wearisome day's work; a wearisome book.

These high wild hills and rough uneven ways Draws out our miles, and makes them wearisome.

Syn: Irksome; tiresome; tedious; fatiguing; annoying; vexatious. See Irksome. [1913 Webster] -- Wea"ri*some*ly, adv. -- Wea"ri*some*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "weary," also "causing weariness," from weary + -some (1).


a. tiresome, tedious or causing fatigue.


adj. 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" [syn: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome]

Usage examples of "wearisome".

We do not consider that apperception spares us the trouble of examining ever anew and in small detail all the objects and phenomena that present themselves to us, so as to get their meaning, or that it thus prevents our mental power from scattering and from being worn out with wearisome, fruitless detail labors.

All her immediate surroundings, the wearisome country, the middle-class imbeciles, the mediocrity of existence, seemed to her exceptional, a peculiar chance that had caught hold of her, while beyond stretched, as far as eye could see, an immense land of joys and passions.

They, of course, had not yet arrived at the idea that God is a personal Spirit whose nature is revealed in the constitutive characteristics of the human soul, and who carries on his works from eternity to eternity without monotonous repetition or wearisome stagnancy, but with perpetual variety in never ceasingmotion.

It was most wearisome to have Hakodate in sight for twelve miles, so near across the bay, so far across the long, flat, stony strip which connects the headland upon which it is built with the mainland.

Christmas came and except for the ceremonial Mass, the solemn and wearisome Christmas congratulations from neighbors and servants, and the new dresses everyone put on, there were no special festivities, though the calm frost of twenty degrees Reaumur, the dazzling sunshine by day, and the starlight of the winter nights seemed to call for some special celebration of the season.

The reward of this wearisome winter campaign was two hundred weight of deer-suet and four hundred and seventy-nine bushels of corn for the general store.

At first I would bow to the prince and withdraw, but afterwards I was asked to remain, for as a general thing princes find a tete-atete with their mistresses rather wearisome.

Chade spoke of a dozen or more other boring and wearisome issues, and it recalled to me that the concerns he and Kettricken dealt with every day went both wide and deep.

The passage of the small column of lancers was, to the young, simply a welcome break in their own, endless, wearisome war fought with sticks and stones against the vermininsect, animal and avianthat haunted the fields of melons, squashes, aubergines and cabbages.

That with its wearisome but needful length Bestrides the wintry flood, in which the moon Sees her unwrinkled face reflected bright, He comes, the herald of a noisy world, With spattered boots, strapped waist and frozen locks, News from all nations lumbering at his back.

I also had the misfortune of meeting here a very learned man of a very wearisome kind.

After spending two wearisome hours with Medini, whose wit was great and his judgment small, after heartily repenting of having yielded to my curiosity and having paid him a visit, I said shortly that I could do nothing for him.

Smalltalk becomes wearisome when no two sentences can be negotiated without the words ``fascist'', ``Thatcher'' and ``capitalist conspiracy'' being crowbarred into them.

Some ironist who decamped back Out There and left his meager effects to be bagged and tossed by Staff into the Ennet House attic had, all the way back in the Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad, permanently engraved his tribute to AA's real Prime Directive with a rosewood-handled boot-knife in the plastic seat of the 5-Man men's room's commode: 'Do not ask WHY If you dont want to DIE Do like your TOLD If you want to get OLD143 30 APRIL / 1 MAY YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT The choreography of interface had settled into the form of Steeply smoking, his bare arms crossed, going up and down slowly on the toes of his high heels, while Marathe hunched slightly in his metal chair, shoulders rounded and head slightly forward in a practiced position that allowed him almost to sleep while still attending to every detail of a conversation or wearisome surveillance.

Finally at midday, after three wearisome journeys back and forth, bathed in perspiration and dripping fly dope and pork grease, which we had rubbed on our faces pretty freely as a protection from the winged pests, we deposited our last load upon the shores of the lake, and thankfully stopped to rest and cook our dinner.