Definition of laborious in English:


Line breaks: la¦bori|ous
Pronunciation: /ləˈbɔːrɪəs




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  • We've laboriously designed this map to print on one sheet of paper on most people's printers.
  • When you laboriously translate the Bible word for word over a period of 16 years, you become highly sensitive to the works.
  • To kids in the early 1950s, a model was still something carved laboriously from pine or balsa wood, or formed laboriously from cardboard.


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  • Customary manual creation of virtual reality models of real world scenes is tedious and error-prone work as the scene complexity increases and any automation can substantially reduce the laboriousness and consequently the cost of the whole process.
  • The popularity of text messaging, as it became known, took the mobile industry by surprise, and young people even invented their own language of abbreviations and ‘smileys’ to overcome the laboriousness of typing with a ten-key keypad.
  • A self-taught pianist, she trudges through the 14 songs on her debut, One Cell in the Sea with a kind of laboriousness that distracts from her sweet soprano and tales of love and friendship.


late Middle English (also in the sense 'industrious, assiduous'): from Old French laborieux, from Latin laboriosus, from labor 'labour'.

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