belabor

verb be·la·bor \ bi-ˈlā-bər , bē- \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

Definition of belabor

belabored; belaboring; belabors
1 a : to attack verbally
  • If I had been ill-natured, I should have shown up the little great man, who had once belabored me in his feeble way.
  • —Oliver Wendell Holmes
b : to beat soundly
  • … ancient battles in which the combatants belabored one another with swords, staffs, cudgels, halberds and other heavy-duty weapons until the blood flowed …
  • —James Rogers
2 : to explain or insist on excessively
  • her habit of belaboring the obvious
  • He needlessly belabored the point.

Examples of belabor in a Sentence

  1. Her habit of belaboring the obvious makes her a very boring speaker.

  2. Please don't belabor the point.

  3. He uses his newspaper column to belabor writers for even the most minor grammatical errors.

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First Known Use of belabor

1596

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BELABOR Defined for English Language Learners

belabor

Definition of belabor for English Language Learners

  • : to talk about (something) for too long : to repeat or stress (something) too much or too often

  • : to attack or criticize (someone)


BELABOR Defined for Kids

belabor

verb be·la·bor \ bi-ˈlā-bər \

Definition of belabor for Students

belabored; belaboring
: to keep explaining or insisting on to excess
  • belabor an argument


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