[ef-ert-fuh l]


marked by effort or exertion; labored.

Origin of effortful

First recorded in 1895–1900; effort + -ful
Related formsef·fort·ful·ly, adverb
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  • But barely had she entered the tinted atmosphere when her movements became awkward and convulsive, effortful and excited.

    The Red Dust

    Murray Leinster

  • Doctor Hoff blinked more rapidly and moistened his lips with an effortful tongue.

    Average Jones

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • The personality seemed very intense, and spoke in effortful whispers.

  • "It's rather less than your customary one, I'm afraid," said the Tyro, with an effortful smile.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • With all studies in general, history shares in training perceptive, associative, and effortful activities.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper