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  1. done or made with difficulty; heavy: labored breathing.
  2. exhibiting a great deal of effort; lacking grace, fluency, or spontaneity: a labored prose style.
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Origin of labored

First recorded in 1525–35; labor + -ed2
Related formsla·bored·ly, adverbla·bored·ness, nounun·la·bored, adjectivewell-la·bored, adjective

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2. See elaborate.


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2. overdone, ornate, unnatural, stiff.


1. simple, easy. 2. plain, natural.
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Historical Examples

  • It fits into John's conception with unlabored simplicity and naturalness.

    Quiet Talks about Jesus

    S. D. Gordon

  • The community masque draws out of the unlabored and untrammeled resources of our national life its inspiration and its theme.

  • This unlabored manner of expressing great thoughts is particularly worthy of attention.

Word Origin and History for unlabored



also laboured, "learned," mid-15c., past participle adjective from labor (v.). Meaning "done with much labor" is from c.1600.

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