Definition of laborious in English:



  • 1(especially of a task, process, or journey) requiring considerable effort and time.

    ‘years of laborious training’
    ‘the work is very slow and laborious’
    • ‘His photographs on show at Victoria Miro emerge out of a laborious process beginning with an image of a building or an interior.’
    • ‘The journey was slow and laborious, necessitating frequent stops.’
    • ‘We are in danger of forgetting that democracy is a slow, laborious, messy matter.’
    • ‘This is slow and laborious, so the method outlined below avoids this step.’
    • ‘Engraving is often described as a slow and laborious process, and its practitioners as drudges, but this is misleading.’
    • ‘However, it makes the process of buying and selling slow and laborious and these accounts are in the minority.’
    • ‘The work was slow and laborious - every piece of the hard rock had to be blasted out before being broken up with pick and shovel and hauled out of the horizontal shaft.’
    • ‘The message would then continue to each major city or town by regular courier until it reached its destination, a very slow and laborious process.’
    • ‘Progress was slow and laborious, and his efforts yielded a quarter of the supplies he had lost.’
    • ‘This is not to say all research work performed in such an environment is necessarily dull and laborious.’
    • ‘It has transformed laborious manual procedures into rapid electronic ones.’
    • ‘The ruptures in Eakins's paintings also communicated the studious and laborious character of the artist's process.’
    • ‘It's a slow and laborious process, though, on a creaky old dial-up phone connection.’
    • ‘And yes, its implementation can be laborious, lengthy, and slow to show dividends.’
    • ‘I thought about doing the slow, laborious walk, but shrugged off the idea.’
    • ‘This removes the laborious task of measuring the absolute leaf temperatures for individual plants in a population.’
    • ‘But he became more and more irritated by the slow, laborious process of filming.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this can be a slow, laborious, and very deadly process.’
    • ‘The colourful faces are the result of laborious work.’
    • ‘After all, it took me many years of intense misery, guilt, shame and terror before I could learn to accept myself, and that too was a slow and laborious process.’
    arduous, hard, heavy, difficult, strenuous, gruelling, murderous, punishing, exacting, tough, formidable, onerous, burdensome, back-breaking, trying, uphill, relentless, stiff, challenging, herculean
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    1. 1.1 (of speech or writing style) showing obvious signs of effort and lacking in fluency.
      ‘his slow, laborious style’
      • ‘It has some glimmers of interest, and some diverting visuals, but really nothing makes up for the laborious pace and risibly bad writing.’
      • ‘Even when the film flirts with shades of grey - such as the alternate visions of heroism offered by drunken knife-wielder Jim Bowie and his foppish rival William Travis - Hancock's adherence to rousing, simplistic conventions turns his story into laborious mush.’
      • ‘Not even the charisma of its leading lady, Julia Stiles, can save it from the overlong bore it becomes, due to its laborious pacing and cliché-ridden script.’
      • ‘The Watcher In The Woods is guilty of being slow and laborious.’
      • ‘But I found it impossible to get to grips with, laborious and dull.’
      • ‘His writing was laborious, as he often confessed, hers brisk and often effortless.’
      laboured, strained, forced, contrived, affected, studied, stiff, stilted, unnatural, artificial, overdone, overwrought, heavy, ponderous, convoluted, not fluent, elaborate, over-elaborate, intricate, ornate, prolix
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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘industrious, assiduous’): from Old French laborieux, from Latin laboriosus, from labor ‘labor’.