Laborious La*bo"ri*ous, a. [L. laboriosus, fr. labor labor: cf. F. laborieux.] 1. Requiring labor, perseverance, or sacrifices; toilsome; tiresome. [1913 Webster]

Dost thou love watchings, abstinence, or toil, Laborious virtues all? Learn these from Cato. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Devoted to labor; diligent; industrious; as, a laborious mechanic. [1913 Webster] -- {La*bo"ri*ous*ly}, adv. -- {La*bo"ri*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • laboriously — (adv.) early 15c., with difficulty, laboriously, slowly, from LABORIOUS (Cf. laborious) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning earnestly, strongly is from c.1500 …   Etymology dictionary

  • laboriously — adverb /ləˈbɔː.ɹi.əs.lɪ,ləˈbɔɹ.i.ə With great expenditure of effort, in a manner requiring much labor. He laboriously climbed the steep rock face, pulling himself up inch by inch. Syn: painstakingly See Also: labor, laborious …   Wiktionary

  • laboriously — adv. Laboriously is used with these verbs: ↑copy …   Collocations dictionary

  • laboriously — laborious ► ADJECTIVE 1) requiring considerable time and effort. 2) showing obvious signs of effort. DERIVATIVES laboriously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • laboriously — adverb in a laborious manner their lives were spent in committee making decisions for others to execute on the basis of data laboriously gathered for them • Derived from adjective: ↑laborious …   Useful english dictionary

  • laboriously — adverb see laborious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • laboriously — See laborious. * * * …   Universalium

  • laboriously — Synonyms and related words: ardently, arduously, assiduously, bec et ongles, burdensomely, difficultly, diligently, effortfully, energetically, fervently, hammer and tongs, hard, hardly, heart and soul, indefatigably, industriously, manfully,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • laboriously — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Strenuously] Syn. hard, energetically, painfully, with difficulty, resolutely, tiresomely; see also vigorously . 2. [Diligently] Syn. earnestly, eagerly, steadily; see carefully 1 , industriously . II (Roget s Thesaurus… …   English dictionary for students

  • laboriously — adv. in a laborious manner, with great effort; diligently, painstakingly; in a burdened manner, in a labored manner …   English contemporary dictionary

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