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  1. done or made with difficulty; heavy: labored breathing.
  2. exhibiting a great deal of effort; lacking grace, fluency, or spontaneity: a labored prose style.

Origin of labored

First recorded in 1525–35; labor + -ed2
Related formsla·bored·ly, adverbla·bored·ness, nounun·la·bored, adjectivewell-la·bored, adjective

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2. See elaborate.

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Antonyms for labored Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for unlabored



also laboured, "learned," mid-15c., past participle adjective from labor (v.). Meaning "done with much labor" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper