labored (adj.) also laboured, "learned," mid-15c., pp. adjective from LABOR (Cf. labor) (v.). Meaning "done with much labor" is from c.1600.

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  • Labored — La bored, a. 1. Bearing marks of labor and effort; elaborately wrought; not easy or natural; as, labored poetry; a labored style. [1913 Webster] 2. appearing to require strong effort; as, labored breathing. Syn: heavy, laboured. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • labored — labored; un·labored; …   English syllables

  • labored — index difficult, elaborate, painstaking, ponderous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • labored — *forced, strained, farfetched Analogous words: *heavy, ponderous, weighty: *awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept: *stiff, wooden, rigid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • labored — [adj] difficult to understand, unclear affected, arduous, awkward, clumsy, contrived, effortful, forced, hard, heavy, inept, maladroit, operose, overdone, overwrought, ponderous, stiff, strained, strenuous, studied, toilsome, unnatural, uphill*,… …   New thesaurus

  • labored — [lā′bərd] adj. made or done with great effort; not effortless and natural; strained …   English World dictionary

  • Labored — Labor La bor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Labored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Laboring}.] [OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See {Labor}, n.] [Written also {labour}.] 1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one s strength with painful effort, particularly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • labored — adjective Date: 1608 produced or performed with labor < labored breathing >; also lacking ease of expression < a labored speech > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • labored — laboredly, adv. laboredness, n. /lay beuhrd/, adj. 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. [1525 35; LABOR + ED2] Syn. 2.… …   Universalium

  • labored — la|bored [ leıbərd ] adjective 1. ) speaking, writing, or performing in a way that is not natural or interesting because it seems as though you are making too much effort: I thought the book was rather labored in parts. 2. ) if someone s… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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