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toilsome

[toil-suh m] /ˈtɔɪl səm/
adjective
1.
characterized by or involving toil; laborious or fatiguing.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; toil1 + -some1
Related forms
toilsomely, adverb
toilsomeness, noun
Synonyms
wearisome, arduous, strenuous, tiring.
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Examples from the web for toilsome
  • The model of a disciplined artist dedicated to a toilsome art practice, she has ardent followers.
  • Or in other words, a particularly toilsome kind of work.
  • He knew war only as a toilsome chore, not as a field of heroic deeds.
British Dictionary definitions for toilsome

toilsome

/ˈtɔɪlsəm/
adjective
1.
laborious
Derived Forms
toilsomely, toilfully, adverb
toilsomeness, toilfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for toilsome
adj.

1580s, from toil + -some (1). An earlier word was toilous (early 15c.). The opposite, toilless (c.1600) is much less common.

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