A Word A Day : Laborious

Thursday, 27th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : la-bor-ri-as

1. Marked by or requiring long, hard work

2. Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

3. Requiring great physical effort

4. Hard-working, industrious


Middle English, from Old French laborieux, from Latin labrisus, from labor, labor


Arduous, Difficult, Backbreaking, Painstaking, Protracted, Lengthy, Strenuous, Hard, Tough, Painful, Hard-Working, Industrious


Easy, Painless

Contextual Examples:

• You need no laborious steps to enter upon familiarity with them, and you can earn not only their confidence, but their gratitude, by turning an attentive ear to their discourse.

• We spent many laborious hours on the project.

Related Words:

1. Laboriously : Adverb

2. Laboriousness : Noun

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