noun, verb (used with or without object), adjective Chiefly British.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of labor
Synonyms for labor
Antonyms for labor
Examples from the Web for labour
Contemporary Examples of labour
They were finally accepted by a Labour Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, in 1967.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
A senior Labour Party MP scoffed at what he suggested was faulty logic.Britain’s Let-Em-All-Die Policy
Nico Hines, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 1, 2014
You take away Scotland, you take a major base of Labour strength.
So a Scottish secession need not prevent Labour from winning in a reduced UK.
However: The historical record does not, it should be said, support the cataclysmic conclusion that Labour could never win again.
Historical Examples of labour
Had you been poor, how delightful would it have been to labour for my benefactor!
To serve your friend would have been, I deemed, a labour of love.
Every thought was bent to attain the end, no labour was deemed to arduous.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
And what the "future hope" was, he told us in the very first line of "Love's Labour's Lost."The Man Shakespeare
The wished time had come of rest from labour, of leisure for thought.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc
- (as modifier)a labour dispute; labour relations
- difficult or arduous work or effort
- (in combination)labour-saving
- the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place
- (as modifier)labour pains
Word Origin for labour
c.1300, "a task, a project;" later "exertion of the body; trouble, difficulty, hardship" (late 14c.), from Old French labor "labor, toil, work, exertion, task" (12c., Modern French labeur), from Latin laborem (nominative labor) "labor, toil, exertion; hardship, pain, fatigue; a work, a product of labor," of uncertain origin, perhaps originally from the notion of "tottering under a burden," and related to labere "to totter."
Meaning "body of laborers considered as a class" (usually contrasted to capitalists) is from 1839. Sense of "physical exertions of childbirth" is 1590s, earlier labour of birthe (early 15c.), a sense also found in Old French, and cf. French en travail "in (childbirth) suffering" (see travail). Labor Day first marked 1882 in New York City.
late 14c., "perform manual or physical work; work hard; keep busy; take pains, strive, endeavor" (also "copulate"), from Old French laborer "work, toil; struggle, have difficulty," from Latin laborare, from labor (see labor (n.)). The verb in modern French, Spanish, Portuguese means "to plow;" the wider sense being taken by the equivalent of English travail. Sense of "to endure pain, suffer" is early 15c., especially in phrase labor of child. Related: Labored; laboring.