from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Chiefly British same as labored; -- British spelling.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of labour.
  • adjective Of an action that is difficult to perform.
  • adjective Of writing or speech or similar, stilted or not natural due to too much effort being used in the production.

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  • adjective requiring or showing effort
  • adjective lacking natural ease


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  • Stair soothed the dog with one hand, for he could hear his heart thump in short laboured leaps as if after a long pursuit of a dog-fox on the hillside.

    Patsy 1887

  • We sincerely trust to hear that Butler has been superseded; but certain laboured attempts which have been made to explain away some of the wickedness of his ferocious edict do not seem to point in the desirable direction.

    London, Saturday, June 21, 1862 1862

  • Accordingly, when such great alarms surrounded them on every side, and it became apparent to all that the Roman name laboured not only under hatred with their enemies, but under contempt also with their allies; it was resolved that the state should be defended under the same auspices, as those under which it had been recovered, and that Marcus Furius should be nominated dictator.

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08 Titus Livius

  • At his first public showing in 1860, his prints were called laboured, soft, and flacid, more like dry-point etchings than burin work, and he was advised to adhere to the established rules of his art.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI 1840-1916 1913

  • With one exception, and that doubtful -- for a man may be weak and may not be brave without being a bad man or even king -- every bearer of this fated name laboured with courage and constancy at the great work of elevating his country.

    Royal Edinburgh Her Saints, Kings, Prophets and Poets George Reid 1862

  • Dalton turned suddenly round; the entire expression of his countenance softened, and his firm-set lips opened, as if a word laboured to come forth, and was retained only by an effort.

    The Buccaneer A Tale S. C. Hall 1840

  • The case of the latter was not without its pathos, from the deep contrition he expressed before his execution; the distressing interest which his mistress is said to have taken in his fate, and the lamentable delusion under which he laboured, which is more particularly unfolded in his confession, in the appendix marked (L.) *

    Negro Plot. An Account of the Late Intended Insurrection among a Portion of the Blacks of the City of Charleston, South Carolina 1822

  • As we should say, she "laboured" the Cardinal de Retz.

    In a Green Shade A Country Commentary Maurice Hewlett 1892

  • Now, both these two words, 'laboured' and 'much,' are extremely emphatic.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) Alexander Maclaren 1868

  • The word rightly translated 'laboured' will appear in its full force if I recall to you a couple of other places in which it is employed in the New Testament.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) Alexander Maclaren 1868


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