industrious, as a person.
done with or involving much labor.

Nearby words

  1. operculitis,
  2. operculum,
  3. opere citato,
  4. operetta,
  5. operon,
  6. opers,
  7. opgefok,
  8. ophelia,
  9. opheltes,
  10. ophiasis

Origin of operose

1660–70; < Latin operōsus busy, active, equivalent to oper- (stem of opus) work + -ōsus -ose1

Related formsop·er·ose·ly, adverbop·er·ose·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for operose


adjective rare

industrious; busy
Derived Formsoperosely, adverboperoseness, noun

Word Origin for operose

C17: from Latin operōsus painstaking, from opus work

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Word Origin and History for operose



"involving much labor," 1670s, from Latin operosus "taking great pains, laborious, active, industrious," from opus (genitive operis) "work" (see opus). Related: Operosity.

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