laborious

  • 1 Laborious — La*bo ri*ous, a. [L. laboriosus, fr. labor labor: cf. F. laborieux.] 1. Requiring labor, perseverance, or sacrifices; toilsome; tiresome. [1913 Webster] Dost thou love watchings, abstinence, or toil, Laborious virtues all? Learn these from Cato.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 laborious — [adj1] hard, difficult arduous, backbreaking, burdensome, effortful, fatiguing, forced, heavy, herculean*, labored, onerous, operose, ponderous, rough go*, stiff, strained, strenuous, tiresome, toilsome, tough, tough job*, wearing, wearisome,… …

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  • 3 laborious — index difficult, faithful (diligent), industrious, onerous, operose, oppressive, painful, painstaking …

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  • 4 laborious — (adj.) late 14c., hard working, industrious, from O.Fr. laborios arduous, wearisome; hard working (12c., Mod.Fr. laborieux), from L. laboriosus toilsome, wearisome, troublesome, from labor (see LABOR (Cf. labor) (n.)). Meaning costing much labor …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 laborious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) requiring considerable time and effort. 2) showing obvious signs of effort. DERIVATIVES laboriously adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 laborious — [lə bôr′ē əs] adj. [ME < OFr laborios < L laboriosus < labor, LABOR] 1. involving or calling for much hard work; difficult 2. industrious; hardworking 3. LABORED SYN. HARD laboriously adv. laboriousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 laborious — laboriously, adv. laboriousness, n. /leuh bawr ee euhs, bohr /, adj. 1. requiring much work, exertion, or perseverance: a laborious undertaking. 2. characterized by or requiring extreme care and much attention to detail: laborious research. 3.… …

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  • 8 laborious — la|bo|ri|ous [ lə bɔriəs ] adjective 1. ) a laborious job or process is long, difficult, and often boring: We eventually began the laborious task of sorting through his papers. 2. ) a laborious way of doing something is slow or boring and… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 laborious — UK [ləˈbɔːrɪəs] / US [ləˈbɔrɪəs] adjective 1) a laborious job or process is long, difficult, and often boring We eventually began the laborious task of sorting through his papers. 2) a laborious way of doing something is slow or boring and… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 laborious — la|bo|ri|ous [ləˈbo:riəs] adj taking a lot of time and effort laborious process/task/business etc ▪ Collecting the raw materials proved a long and laborious task. ▪ the laborious business of drying the crops >laboriously adv ▪ A beetle began… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 laborious — adjective 1 laborious task/process/method etc a job or piece of work that is difficult and needs a lot of effort: the laborious task of collating all the evidence 2 seeming to be done slowly and with difficulty: laborious progress through the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 laborious — [[t]ləbɔ͟ːriəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe a task or job as laborious, you mean that it takes a lot of time and effort. Keeping the garden tidy all year round can be a laborious task. Derived words: laboriously ADV GRADED ADV with v He sat… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 laborious — adjective 1) a laborious job Syn: arduous, hard, heavy, difficult, strenuous, grueling, punishing, exacting, tough, onerous, burdensome, back breaking, labor intensive, trying, challenging; tiring, fatiguing …

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  • 14 laborious — adjective 1) a laborious job Syn: arduous, hard, heavy, difficult, strenuous, gruelling, punishing, exacting, tough, onerous, burdensome, back breaking, trying, challenging 2) Doug s laborious style …

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  • 15 laborious — adj. Laborious is used with these nouns: ↑process, ↑task …

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  • 16 laborious — [ləˈbɔːriəs] adj long, difficult, and boring a laborious task[/ex] laboriously adv …

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  • 17 laborious — la•bo•ri•ous [[t]ləˈbɔr i əs, ˈboʊr [/t]] adj. 1) requiring much work, exertion, or perseverance: a laborious undertaking[/ex] 2) characterized by or exhibiting excessive effort; labored 3) industrious • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L labōriōsus …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 laborious — /ləˈbɔriəs / (say luh bawreeuhs) adjective 1. requiring much labour, exertion, or perseverance: a laborious undertaking. 2. requiring labour in construction or execution. 3. given to or diligent in labour. {Middle English, from Latin labōriōsus}… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 laborious — adj. 1 needing hard work or toil (a laborious task). 2 (esp. of literary style) showing signs of toil; pedestrian; not fluent. Derivatives: laboriously adv. laboriousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF laborieus f. L laboriosus (as LABOUR) …

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  • 20 laborious — adjective Date: 14th century 1. devoted to labor ; industrious 2. involving or characterized by hard or toilsome effort ; labored • laboriously adverb • laboriousness noun …

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