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[bur-dn-suh m] /ˈbɜr dn səm/
oppressively heavy; onerous.
distressing; troublesome.
Nautical. having a full hull form, as a merchant vessel built for capacity rather than speed.
Origin of burdensome
First recorded in 1570-80; burden1 + -some1
Related forms
burdensomely, adverb
burdensomeness, noun
nonburdensome, adjective
nonburdensomely, adverb
nonburdensomeness, noun
unburdensome, adjective Unabridged
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  • And the burdensome one is toilsome, while the delightsome one is pleasurable.

  • Nay, I'll keep it myself, and not trouble thee with what proved too burdensome for myself.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • The rent of your ditch is high, the expenses of travel are burdensome.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • I do not want to storm at the man who made her life so burdensome.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • It is because we do not accept the commandments that the commandments are burdensome.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for burdensome


hard to bear; onerous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for burdensome

1570s, from burden (n.1) + -some (1). Earlier was burdenous (1520s). Related: Burdensomeness.

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