toilsome

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toil·some

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

toil′some·ly adv.
toil′some·ness n.
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toilsome

(ˈtɔɪlsəm) or

toilful

adj
laborious
ˈtoilsomely, ˈtoilfully adv
ˈtoilsomeness, ˈtoilfulness n
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toil•some

(ˈtɔɪl səm)

adj.
demanding toil; laborious or fatiguing.
[1575–85]
toil′some•ly, adv.
toil′some•ness, n.
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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
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Translations

toilsome

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

adj (liter)mühselig, mühsam
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References in classic literature ?
Toilsomely did my spirit mount stairs, and cautiously; alms of delight were its refreshment; on the staff did life creep along with the blind one.
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.