adjective Date: 1575 marked by or full of toil or fatigue ; laborious <
a toilsome journey
toilsomely adverbtoilsomeness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Toilsome — Toil some (toil s[u^]m), a. Attended with toil, or fatigue and pain; laborious; wearisome; as, toilsome work. [1913 Webster] What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks? Milton. [1913 Webster] {Toil some*ly}, adv. {Toil some*ness}, n. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toilsome — index onerous, operose, oppressive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • toilsome — (adj.) 1580s, from TOIL (Cf. toil) + SOME (Cf. some). An earlier word was toilous (early 15c.). The opposite, toilless (c.1600) is much less common …   Etymology dictionary

  • toilsome — [adj] laborious arduous, backbreaking, burdensome, demanding, difficult, exhausting, hard, labored, onerous, operose, rough, strenuous, taxing, tiresome, uphill*; concept 538 …   New thesaurus

  • toilsome — [toil′səm] adj. [see SOME1] requiring or involving toil; laborious toilsomely adv. toilsomeness n …   English World dictionary

  • toilsome — toilsomely, adv. toilsomeness, n. /toyl seuhm/, adj. characterized by or involving toil; laborious or fatiguing. [1575 85; TOIL1 + SOME1] Syn. wearisome, arduous, strenuous, tiring. * * * …   Universalium

  • toilsome — adjective requiring continuous physical effort; laborious …   Wiktionary

  • toilsome — Synonyms and related words: Herculean, abstruse, arduous, backbreaking, brutal, burdensome, complex, critical, crushing, delicate, demanding, difficile, difficult, draining, effortful, enervating, exacting, exhausting, fatiguesome, fatiguing,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • toilsome — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Difficult] Syn. laborious, strenuous, hard; see difficult 1 . 2. [Dull] Syn. tedious, boring, wearisome; see dull 4 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. laborious, hard, arduous, difficult, backbreaking, strenuous,… …   English dictionary for students

  • toilsome — adj. tiring, laborious …   English contemporary dictionary

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