toilsome

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toil·some

 (toil′səm)
adj.
Characterized by or requiring toil.

toil′some·ly adv.
toil′some·ness n.

toilsome

(ˈtɔɪlsəm) or

toilful

adj
laborious
ˈtoilsomely, ˈtoilfully adv
ˈtoilsomeness, ˈtoilfulness n

toil•some

(ˈtɔɪl səm)

adj.
demanding toil; laborious or fatiguing.
[1575–85]
toil′some•ly, adv.
toil′some•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.toilsome - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustiontoilsome - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"
effortful - requiring great physical effort
Translations

toilsome

[ˈtɔɪlsəm] ADJ (liter) → penoso, laborioso, arduo

toilsome

adj (liter)mühselig, mühsam
References in classic literature ?
Then they go up the winding staircase of the great tower, toilsomely, turning and turning, and lowering their heads to avoid the stairs above, or the rough stone pivot around which they twist.
By ladders now, and toilsomely, for it was steep, and not too certain holding for the feet.
By way of attempting to give the reader some general impression of the way people lived together in those days, and especially of the relations of the rich and poor to one another, perhaps I cannot do better than to compare society as it then was to a prodigious coach which the masses of humanity were harnessed to and dragged toilsomely along a very hilly and sandy road.