Origin of operose
Related formsop·er·ose·ly, adverbop·er·ose·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for operose
An operose and expensive establishment of a Supreme Court was made, and charged upon the revenues of the country.
But it is a most awkward, operose, and defective piece of machinery, quite unworthy of being presented to my readers.
In the large manufactories of this country, the ignition of the above mixture in pots is laid aside, as too operose and expensive.
Everything connected with the processes of husbandry is slow and operose.
In the execution, it was an operose business on both sides of the water.