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  • adjective obsolete Hard-working.
  • adjective Requiring labour, laborious; difficult, elaborate, involved.


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From labour +‎ -some.


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  • Christ, -- he pitieth our infirmities, knowing that we are but dust; and therefore, to invite us into the dark, into ways laboursome and toilsome to flesh and blood, he gives us in this security, -- that we shall be as a fenced brazen wall to the opposing sons of men.

    The Sermons of John Owen 1616-1683 1968

  • And her songe was of such force, that I was euen consenting to remaine there, notwithstanding that, the habitation seemed laboursome.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame Francesco Colonna

  • And beeing come to the fift mount, they finde it speculable, lyke a mirrour wherein they see theyr representations, and in that they take great delyght, and with a feruent desire they passe on their laboursome course.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame Francesco Colonna

  • In this hall all vile service, all slavery, and drudgery, with all laboursome toil and business, is done by bondmen.

    The Second Book. Of their living and mutual conversation together 1909

  • But I think verily, though it were so that we did pass them in wit: yet in study and laboursome endeavour they far pass us.

    The First Book. The First Book of the Communication of Raphael Hythloday, Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth 1909

  • The other more laboursome sciences be committed to the men.

    The Second Book. Of Sciences, Crafts, and Occupation 1909

  • At the same time a band of students was always prepared to urge the chilling plea that the payment of any outward honour to Shakespeare was laboursome futility, was "wasteful and ridiculous excess."

    Shakespeare and the Modern Stage with Other Essays Sidney Lee 1892

  • Mrs Findlay acquiesced, with an air better suited to the granting of slow leave to laboursome petition, than the accepting of such a generous gift; but she made some amends by graciously expressing a hope that Duncan would not forget his old friends now that he was going amongst lords and ladies, to which

    Malcolm George MacDonald 1864

  • We had now a smooth and easie passage, after such tedious and laboursome pains as we had sustained in coming so far since we left Santa Maria.

    Bucaniers of America: 1685

  • And although this is not counted a great matter to do, while men are far from the law, and while their conscience is asleep within them; yet when the law comes near, and conscience is awake, who so tries it, will find it a laboursome work.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02 John Bunyan 1658


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