toilsome

[ toil-suhm ]
/ ˈtɔɪl səm /

adjective

characterized by or involving toil; laborious or fatiguing.

Nearby words

  1. toiletries,
  2. toiletry,
  3. toilette,
  4. toilful,
  5. toilfully,
  6. toilsomely,
  7. toilworn,
  8. toise,
  9. toitoi,
  10. tojo

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 toilsomely

toilsome

toilful

/ (ˈtɔɪlsəm) /

adjective

laborious
Derived Formstoilsomely or toilfully, adverbtoilsomeness or toilfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for toilsomely

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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