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labored

[ley-berd] /ˈleɪ bərd/
adjective
1.
done or made with difficulty; heavy:
labored breathing.
2.
exhibiting a great deal of effort; lacking grace, fluency, or spontaneity:
a labored prose style.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; labor + -ed2
Related forms
laboredly, adverb
laboredness, noun
unlabored, adjective
well-labored, adjective
Synonyms
2. overdone, ornate, unnatural, stiff.
Antonyms
1. simple, easy. 2. plain, natural.
Synonym Study
2. See elaborate.
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Word Origin and History for well-labored

labored

adj.

also laboured, "learned," mid-15c., past participle adjective from labor (v.). Meaning "done with much labor" is from c.1600.

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