toilsome

[ toil-suhm ]
/ ˈtɔɪl səm /

adjective

characterized by or involving toil; laborious or fatiguing.

Origin of toilsome

First recorded in 1575–85; toil1 + -some1
Related formstoil·some·ly, adverbtoil·some·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for toilsome

toilsome

toilful

/ (ˈtɔɪlsəm) /

adjective

laborious
Derived Formstoilsomely or toilfully, adverbtoilsomeness or toilfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for toilsome

toilsome


adj.

1580s, from toil + -some (1). An earlier word was toilous (early 15c.). The opposite, toilless (c.1600) is much less common.

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