noun, verb (used with or without object), adjective Chiefly British.
- labors of hercules,
- labour and socialist international,
- labour camp,
- labour day,
- labour exchange,
- labour law
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of labor
Examples from the Web for 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|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A senior Labour Party MP scoffed at what he suggested was faulty logic.
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.
More than any other it represents difficulties mastered, resources combined, labour, courage and patience.Italian Hours|Henry James
When you thus understand well the nature of the covenant, labour to understand the special reasons of it.A Christian Directory|Baxter Richard
There was an end of all his peace, all his capacity for labour, his patient endurance of penury.New Grub Street|George Gissing
Even so artificial a writer as Wilde had not to labour to be witty.The Art of Letters|Robert Lynd
For what is the reason that most commodities are held at such excessive rates, but because labour is so very dear?No Cross, No Crown|William Penn
- 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.