- characterized by or involving toil; laborious or fatiguing.
Origin of toilsome
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wearisome, arduous, strenuous, tiring.
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Examples from the Web for toilsomely
By ladders now, and toilsomely, for it was steep, and not too certain holding for the feet.The Chimes
The type of beauty produced is charming by its negligence and naïveté; it is not thought out with pains or toilsomely elaborated.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3
John Addington Symonds
Toilsomely, and at cost of desperately hard marching and fighting, he had made himself master of the strategic position.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume I (of 2)
George Cary Eggleston
Night fell while the travellers were toilsomely penetrating further into the West Riding of Yorkshire.A Gentleman Player
Robert Neilson Stephens
So thinks, at any rate, a horseman, toilsomely making his way over its inhospitable expanse.Renshaw Fanning's Quest
Word Origin and History for toilsomely
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