- done or made with difficulty; heavy: labored breathing.
- exhibiting a great deal of effort; lacking grace, fluency, or spontaneity: a labored prose style.
Origin of labored
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- productive activity, especially for the sake of economic gain.
- the body of persons engaged in such activity, especially those working for wages.
- this body of persons considered as a class (distinguished from management and capital).
- physical or mental work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil.
- a job or task done or to be done.
- the physical effort and periodic uterine contractions of childbirth.
- the interval from the onset of these contractions to childbirth.
- (initial capital letter) Also called Labor Department. Informal. the Department of Labor.
- to perform labor; exert one's powers of body or mind; work; toil.
- to strive, as toward a goal; work hard (often followed by for): to labor for peace.
- to act, behave, or function at a disadvantage (usually followed by under): to labor under a misapprehension.
- to be in the actual process of giving birth.
- to roll or pitch heavily, as a ship.
- to develop or dwell on in excessive detail: Don't labor the point.
- to burden or tire: to labor the reader with unnecessary detail.
- British Dialect. to work or till (soil or the like).
- of or relating to workers, their associations, or working conditions: labor reforms.
Origin of labor
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Examples from the Web for labored
That was a very long, labored death scene, which worked very well in the end.Life After Deaths: Sean Bean on 'Game of Thrones' Paternity and 'Legends'
August 11, 2014
Others held him up as a great statesman who labored for international peace.How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK’s Death
November 12, 2013
Rarely in modern history have so many in Washington labored so hard and produced so little.Washington Is Waiting for Godot as President Obama’s Second-Term Agenda Stalls
April 9, 2013
One has a black pixie haircut that must have been labored over for hours in a salon, or it could be a wig.Macaulay Culkin’s Life After Fame
June 19, 2012
Bin Laden, Zawahiri, and their associates were caught off guard by the storm and have labored to understand its impact.Fawaz A. Gerges on How the Arab Spring Beat Al Qaeda
Fawaz A. Gerges
May 13, 2012
But on the first two and greatest articles of his creed, how Jasper labored!Way of the Lawless
On her thwarts two figures, dipping and rising, labored with the sweeps.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He and Tom labored like Trojans to take off the wheel, and put on the other.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
These damned New Yorkers had no idea of the pressure under which he labored.Reel Life Films
Samuel Kimball Merwin
At the same time he labored assiduously in other directions.
- the US spelling of labour
Word Origin and History for labored
also laboured, "learned," mid-15c., past participle adjective from labor (v.). Meaning "done with much labor" is from c.1600.
c.1300, "a task, a project;" later "exertion of the body; trouble, difficulty, hardship" (late 14c.), from Old French labor "labor, toil, work, exertion, task" (12c., Modern French labeur), from Latin laborem (nominative labor) "labor, toil, exertion; hardship, pain, fatigue; a work, a product of labor," of uncertain origin, perhaps originally from the notion of "tottering under a burden," and related to labere "to totter."
Meaning "body of laborers considered as a class" (usually contrasted to capitalists) is from 1839. Sense of "physical exertions of childbirth" is 1590s, earlier labour of birthe (early 15c.), a sense also found in Old French, and cf. French en travail "in (childbirth) suffering" (see travail). Labor Day first marked 1882 in New York City.
late 14c., "perform manual or physical work; work hard; keep busy; take pains, strive, endeavor" (also "copulate"), from Old French laborer "work, toil; struggle, have difficulty," from Latin laborare, from labor (see labor (n.)). The verb in modern French, Spanish, Portuguese means "to plow;" the wider sense being taken by the equivalent of English travail. Sense of "to endure pain, suffer" is early 15c., especially in phrase labor of child. Related: Labored; laboring.
- The physical efforts of expulsion of the fetus and the placenta from the uterus during parturition.
- To undergo the efforts of childbirth.
- The process by which the birth of a mammal occurs, beginning with contractions of the uterus and ending with the expulsion of the fetus and the placenta.