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 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
- 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.