Definition of toilsome in English:


Line breaks: toil|some
Pronunciation: /ˈtɔɪls(ə)m


archaic or literary
Involving hard or tedious work: toilsome chores
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  • The specialized work seems interesting to outsiders but is actually toilsome, hard and even dangerous.
  • The problem is that young people regard carving as a toilsome and profitless job.
  • It preferred these short-cut means to the more toilsome efforts of building up a base through good governance, social reforms and ideological education of the cadres.



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  • The figure they had seen the night before seemed slowly and toilsomely labouring to pile the large stones one upon another, as if to form a small enclosure.
  • While Pompey was thus anxiously and toilsomely endeavoring to gain the sea-shore, Cæsar was completing his victory over the army which he had left behind him.
  • He saw the farmer and the buffalo working toilsomely in the field and observed that countless worms were killed by the plough and treads.


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  • Certainly I acquired deeper respect for the sheer toilsomeness of the effort and for those who do it, day after day.
  • They become discouraged at the hardness and toilsomeness of the way or at the little impression they are able to make on the world, and grow weary.
  • They do not weigh the toilsomeness of their work and its benefit by their need for a good life; they instead consider it proof of what they are ‘worth.’

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