American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by or requiring toil.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Attended with toil; demanding or compelling toil; laborious; fatiguing.
- Synonyms Onerous, tedious.
- adj. requiring continuous physical effort; laborious
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Attended with toil, or fatigue and pain; laborious; wearisome.
- adj. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
“For they strive by a kind of toilsome exercise of the body itself to root out those lusts that are hurtful to the body, that is, those habits and affections of the soul that lead to the enjoyment of unworthy objects.”
“And the men jumped, though in their weakness the climb aloft was slow and toilsome; and when the gaskets were off the topgallant-sails and the men on deck were hoisting yards and sheeting home, those aloft were loosing the royals.”
“They found themselves better off in their idle old days under the new regime, enjoying vastly more pleasures and comforts than they had in their busy and toilsome youth under the old regime.”
“Often, when wearied by a toilsome march, I persuaded myself that I was dreaming until night should come, and that I should then enjoy reality in the arms of my dearest friends.”
“I thought the local kids would grow tired of their toilsome exchanges with Noah -- the hand signals and the maddening misinterpretations -- but every morning Chambo and company would emerge from their shanties ready to engage.”
“I doubt that Gillian Duffy deserved to be called a bigot, even privately, but I feel some sympathy for any politician who, toward the end of a toilsome campaign, snaps back a bit at the public he thinks is about to bite him at the ballot box.”
“While the princelings use their "royal" connections, a significant amount of China's population is trapped in rural poverty or toilsome factory labor with minimal chances of social mobility.”
“One hundred fifty years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville, the French historian and author of Democracy in America, wrote: "I (fear) that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.”
“I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.”
“Curiously, another grandson of Alfred Conkling, Howard Conkling, a wealthy New York lumber man, also wrote about Mexico, though his book, Mexico and the Mexicans or Notes of Travel in the Winter and Spring of 1883 was dismissed in a contemporary review as "an arid and toilsome tract.”
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