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burdensome

[bur-dn-suh m]
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adjective
  1. oppressively heavy; onerous.
  2. distressing; troublesome.
  3. Nautical. having a full hull form, as a merchant vessel built for capacity rather than speed.
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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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Related Words for burdensome

onerous, taxing, demanding, oppressive, difficult, disturbing, exacting, exigent, heavy, irksome, tough, trying, wearing, weighty, carking, crushing, superincumbent

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British Dictionary definitions for burdensome

burdensome

adjective
  1. hard to bear; onerous
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Word Origin and History for burdensome

adj.

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

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