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toilsome

[ toil-suhm ]SEE DEFINITION OF toilsome

Synonyms for toilsome

  • arduous
  • backbreaking
  • burdensome
  • demanding
  • difficult
  • exhausting
  • hard
  • labored
  • onerous
  • operose
  • rough
  • strenuous
  • taxing
  • tiresome
  • uphill
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The drive is a slow and toilsome ascent of three hours and a half.

It was like a toilsome passage through the workings of an iron mine.

This was at eight or nine in the morning, after many hours' toilsome march.

It was a toilsome and dreary march, unrelieved by aught to lessen the fatigue.

The third day of my toilsome journey was drawing to a close.

And the burdensome one is toilsome, while the delightsome one is pleasurable.

But the alternative was so toilsome that we resolved to take the chance.

She would not save him to live the toilsome, slavish life of the Jews.

I set about helping him, and for an hour we labored at this hasty and toilsome moving.

The temperature was just bearable, but the road was toilsome from its uneven character.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from toil + -some (1). An earlier word was toilous (early 15c.). The opposite, toilless (c.1600) is much less common.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TOILSOME

arduous

adjectivedifficult, hard to endure

disturbing

adjectivedisquieting
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.
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