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Tedious, 1) wearisome, tiresome, too long: Ven. 841. Lucr. 1379. Gent. I, 1, 31. Meas. II, 1, 119. II, 4, 9. Ado III, 5, 20. Mids. II, 2, 112. III, 2, 431. V, 56. V, 56 V, 56 Merch. II, 6, 11. II, 7, 77. As III, 2, 19. As III, 2, 19 Shr. III, 2, 107. John III, 4, 108. R2 I, 3, 268. V, 1, 40. V, 2, 26. H4A III, 1, 159. H6A I, 2, 53. IV, 7, 74. H6C III, 1, 9. R3 I, 4, 90. III, 1, 5. III, 2, 6. Rom. III, 2, 28. V, 3, 230. Tim. IV, 3, 374. Hml. II, 2, 223. III, 2, 237. Oth. III, 4, 175. Per. IV, 1, 69. V, 1, 28. “that is the brief and the t. of it,” All's II, 3, 34 (instead of: the short and the long of it. Parolles' speech).
2) full of annoyance, odious: “my woes are t., though my words are brief,” Lucr. 1309. “heavy t. penury,” As III, 2, 342. “within me grief hath kept a t. fast,” R2 II, 1, 75. “to sport would be as t. as to work,” H4A I, 2, 229. “I would remove these t. stumbling-stocks,” H6B I, 2, 64. “brief abstract and record of t. days,” R3 IV, 4, 28. “a man's life is a t. one,” Cymb. III, 6, 1. cf. Mids. II, 2, 112. John III, 4, 108.
3) laborious: “can trace me in the t. ways of art,” H4A III, 1, 48. “my brain more busy than the labouring spider weaves t. snares to trap mine enemies,” H6B III, 1, 340. “and in a t. sampler sewed her mind,” Tit. II, 4, 39. “I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as t. as go o'er,” Mcb. III, 4, 138. “it were a t. difficulty to bring them to that prospect,” Oth. III, 3, 397.
Misapplied by Dogberry in Ado III, 5, 23.
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