burdensome

[ bur-dn-suh m ]
/ ˈbɜr dn səm /

adjective

oppressively heavy; onerous.
distressing; troublesome.
Nautical. having a full hull form, as a merchant vessel built for capacity rather than speed.

Nearby words

  1. burckhardt,
  2. burd,
  3. burden,
  4. burden of proof,
  5. burdened,
  6. burdizzo,
  7. burdock,
  8. burdon,
  9. bureau,
  10. bureau de change

Origin of burdensome

First recorded in 1570–80; burden1 + -some1

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British Dictionary definitions for burdensome

burdensome

/ (ˈbɜːdənsəm) /

adjective

hard to bear; onerous
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Word Origin and History for burdensome

burdensome

adj.

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

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