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[ ley-berd ]


  1. done or made with difficulty; heavy:

    labored breathing.

    Antonyms: easy, simple

  2. exhibiting a great deal of effort; lacking grace, fluency, or spontaneity:

    a labored prose style.

    Synonyms: stiff, unnatural, ornate, overdone

    Antonyms: natural, plain

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Other Words From

  • labored·ly adverb
  • labored·ness noun
  • un·labored adjective
  • well-labored adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of labored1

First recorded in 1525–35; labor + -ed 2
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Example Sentences

This time my legs were cooperating, so I opted for a labored, independent shuffle to row eight.

From Time

In making a plot pivot and then meticulously explaining itself, Old is peak Shyamalan — a little sentimental, a little surprising, a little labored.

From Vox

That was a very long, labored death scene, which worked very well in the end.

Record producers labored for hours to get everything balanced.

Others held him up as a great statesman who labored for international peace.

Rarely in modern history have so many in Washington labored so hard and produced so little.

Struggling to sit up, his breathing was heavily labored and each inhalation caused him obvious pain.

Through the beautiful, windy autumn days, he labored at his difficult task, the task of telling a story.

Have we, then, labored at the most glorious of revolutions for so many years, to see it overthrown in a single day?

For some three years back I have labored under a disease of the throat—a bronchial affection—a severe affliction it was.

They were not pretenders and quacks; they were sceptics who denied subjective truths, and labored for outward advantage.

Robert was chairman, and had labored hard to prepare a few remarks with which to open the meeting.





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