labored

[ley-berd]

adjective

done or made with difficulty; heavy: labored breathing.
exhibiting a great deal of effort; lacking grace, fluency, or spontaneity: a labored prose style.

Nearby words

  1. labor-saving,
  2. laborare est orare,
  3. laboratory,
  4. laboratory diagnosis,
  5. laboratory school,
  6. laboredly,
  7. laborer,
  8. laborious,
  9. laboriously,
  10. laborism

Origin of labored

First recorded in 1525–35; labor + -ed2

Related formsla·bored·ly, adverbla·bored·ness, nounun·la·bored, adjectivewell-la·bored, adjective

Synonym study

2. See elaborate.

labor

[ley-ber]

noun

productive activity, especially for the sake of economic gain.
the body of persons engaged in such activity, especially those working for wages.
this body of persons considered as a class (distinguished from management and capital).
physical or mental work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil.
a job or task done or to be done.
the physical effort and periodic uterine contractions of childbirth.
the interval from the onset of these contractions to childbirth.
(initial capital letter) Also called Labor Department. Informal. the Department of Labor.

verb (used without object)

to perform labor; exert one's powers of body or mind; work; toil.
to strive, as toward a goal; work hard (often followed by for): to labor for peace.
to act, behave, or function at a disadvantage (usually followed by under): to labor under a misapprehension.
to be in the actual process of giving birth.
to roll or pitch heavily, as a ship.

verb (used with object)

to develop or dwell on in excessive detail: Don't labor the point.
to burden or tire: to labor the reader with unnecessary detail.
British Dialect. to work or till (soil or the like).

adjective

of or relating to workers, their associations, or working conditions: labor reforms.
Also especially British, la·bour.

Origin of labor

1250–1300; Middle English labour < Middle French < Latin labōr- (stem of labor) work

SYNONYMS FOR labor
2. working people, working class. 4. exertion. See work. 6. parturition, delivery. 9. drudge. 14. overdo.

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British Dictionary definitions for labored

labor

verb, noun

the US spelling of labour
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Word Origin and History for labored
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Medicine definitions for labored

labor

[lābər]

n.

The physical efforts of expulsion of the fetus and the placenta from the uterus during parturition.

v.

To undergo the efforts of childbirth.

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Science definitions for labored

labor

[lābər]

The process by which the birth of a mammal occurs, beginning with contractions of the uterus and ending with the expulsion of the fetus and the placenta.
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Culture definitions for labored

labor

The physical processes at the end of a normal pregnancy, including opening of the cervix and contractions of the uterus, that lead to the birth of the baby.

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