Did You Know?
Operose comes from the Latin operosus (meaning "laborious," "industrious," or "painstaking"). That word combines the noun "oper-," "opus," which means "work," with "-osus," the Latin equivalent of the English "-ose" and "-ous" suffixes, meaning "full of" or "abounding in." In its earliest uses, beginning in the mid-1500s, the word was used to describe people who are industrious or painstaking in their efforts. Within a little over 100 years, however, the word was being applied as it more commonly is today: to describe tasks and undertakings requiring much time and effort.
Origin of operose
Latin operosus, from oper-, opus work — more at operate
First Known Use: 1662
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up operose? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).