Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or requiring toil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. requiring continuous physical effort; laborious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attended with toil, or fatigue and pain; laborious; wearisome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Attended with toil; demanding or compelling toil; laborious; fatiguing.
  • Synonyms Onerous, tedious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

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Examples

  • 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.

    On Christian Doctrine, in Four Books

  • 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.

    CHAPTER XL

  • 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.

    Goliah

  • 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.

    Chapter 7

  • 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.

    Norman Ollestad: Father's Day: Sole Survivor Of A Plane Crash At 11 Grows Up To Teach His Son To Face His Fears

  • 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.

    The Two Faces Of Gordon Brown

  • 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.

    Howard Steven Friedman: Is China Poised for Implosion? What Would the Communist Manifesto Predict?

  • 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."

    Esther Wojcicki: Revolution Needed for Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age

  • 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.

    James Campion: 2010: Year of the Faux Revolution

  • 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."

    Did you know? The first Mexico tourist guide books

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