Definition of laboring in US English:


(British labouring)


  • 1Working at an unskilled manual occupation.

    ‘the laboring classes’
  • 2Working or moving with difficulty.

    ‘his laboring heart calmed’
    ‘he had to yell to be heard over the sound of the laboring engine’
    1. 2.1 (of a ship) rolling or pitching heavily.
      ‘occasionally the laboring ship spat the caulking from some underwater seam’
  • 3(of a woman) in labor; in the process of giving birth.

    ‘laboring women can use a washcloth or a spray of water to cool themselves down’