[bur-dn-suh m]


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 formsbur·den·some·ly, adverbbur·den·some·ness, nounnon·bur·den·some, adjectivenon·bur·den·some·ly, adverbnon·bur·den·some·ness, nounun·bur·den·some, adjective
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hard to bear; onerous
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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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