operose

[ op-uh-rohs ]
/ ˈɒp əˌroʊs /

adjective

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

Origin of operose

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

Related forms

op·er·ose·ly, adverbop·er·ose·ness, noun
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operose

/ (ˈɒpəˌrəʊs) /

adjective rare

laborious
industrious; busy

Derived Forms

operosely, adverboperoseness, noun

Word Origin for operose

C17: from Latin operōsus painstaking, from opus work
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