noun, verb (used with or without object), adjective Chiefly British.
Related formsan·ti·la·bour, adjective
Definition for laboured (2 of 2)
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of labor
SYNONYMS FOR labor
The Latin etymology for labor is obscure: the noun may be related to the verb lābī (which has a long ā ) “to move smoothly, slide” (commonly with implication of downward movement). Lābī in its turn may be related to labāre (with a short a in the root syllable) “to be unsteady on one’s feet, falter, totter.” These derivatives of lāb- and lab- may be related to the Latin nouns labium (the source of English labial ) and labrum, both meaning “lip” and, outside Latin, to the Greek noun lobós “lobe (of the ear, liver, or lung), pod (of a vegetable), slip (of a plant)” (and source of English lobe ).
Examples from the Web for laboured
His letters and the stanza addressed to Mrs. Boinville show the profound depression under which he laboured in April and May.The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2)|Florence A. Thomas Marshall
Amid powerful difficulties our brethren have not laboured in vain.
That was the thing that, as the minutes laboured by, Faxon was becoming most conscious of.The Triumph Of Night|Edith Wharton
But Guy Oscard stopped, and walked more slowly beside Meredith as he laboured along heavy footed.With Edged Tools|Henry Seton Merriman
The first day and night we laboured until we literally could no longer move, from sheer exhaustion.Spinifex and Sand|David W Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for laboured (1 of 3)
Derived Formslabouredly or US laboredly, adverblabouredness or US laboredness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for laboured (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for laboured (3 of 3)
- 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