la·​bored | \ ˈlā-bərd How to pronounce labored (audio) \

Definition of labored

: produced or performed with labor labored breathing also : lacking ease of expression a labored speech

Examples of labored in a Sentence

The patient's symptoms included a rapid pulse and labored breathing. The movie's dialogue seems very labored.
Recent Examples on the Web For people living with allergic asthma, though, this time of year is often the height of endless sneezing, labored wheezing, and generally feeling downright miserable. Katherine Bowles, SELF, 18 May 2022 Some signs to determine if a dog is overheated are frantic panting, extreme salivation and labored breathing, says the AKC. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 My chest tightened and my breathing became labored. The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 Stover’s breathing became labored, and he was admitted to McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital a week before Thanksgiving. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2021 Even scenes of intense combat —explosions wounding the night sky — have moments that capture the quiet fear, the labored breathing, the sheer terror, the absolute helplessness of the men of Easy Company. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 The polished Clive Langer/Alan Winstanley production that had brought Costello renewed commercial success on Punch the Clock wilted with this more labored material. Al Shipley, SPIN, 30 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, harm reduction counselors and fellow drug users keep an eye on one another, checking for dilated pupils or labored breathing. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Taking diuretics can help your heart pump more effectively, while also relieving congestion symptoms, like labored breathing and leg and ankle swelling. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of labored

1566, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2022

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“Labored.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for labored


la·​bored | \ ˈlā-bərd \

Kids Definition of labored

: produced or done with effort or difficulty labored breathing


la·​bored | \ ˈlā-bərd How to pronounce labored (audio) \

Medical Definition of labored

: produced or performed with difficulty or strain labored breathing


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