laborious

[ luh-bawr-ee-uhs, -bohr- ]
/ ləˈbɔr i əs, -ˈboʊr- /

adjective

requiring much work, exertion, or perseverance: a laborious undertaking.
characterized by or requiring extreme care and much attention to detail: laborious research.
characterized by or exhibiting excessive effort, dullness, and lack of spontaneity; labored: a strained, laborious plot.
given to or diligent in work: a careful, laborious craftsman.

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Origin of laborious

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word labōriōsus.See labor, -ious

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British Dictionary definitions for laborious

laborious
/ (ləˈbɔːrɪəs) /

adjective

involving great exertion or long effort
given to working hard
(of literary style, etc) not fluent

Derived forms of laborious

laboriously, adverblaboriousness, noun
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