labored

adjective
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.

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Some of these sidesteps feel a little labored — Khloe’s story line is the least interesting — but the brisk pacing and economical style are seductive and keep the reader’s attention. Rumaan Alam, Washington Post, "‘Very Nice’ is a good book to pack for your vacation. But maybe it’s more than that.," 25 June 2019 Some of these sidesteps feel a little labored — Khloe's story line is the least interesting — but the brisk pacing and economical style are seductive and keep the reader's attention. Rumaan Alam, Dallas News, "'Very Nice,' indeed: Marcy Dermansky's fourth novel is a great summer read," 25 June 2019 Leonard’s movement has looked labored at various points since the Eastern Conference finals against Milwaukee. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Raptors Won Game 4 and Are 1 Win From an N.B.A. Championship," 7 June 2019 The back end is a rather labored effort to extract leadership lessons from their careers. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Leaders’ and ‘Leadership in Turbulent Times’ Review: Getting Things Done," 16 Nov. 2018 Media witnesses including The Associated Press saw Moore take short, gasping breaths that became deeper and more labored. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Nebraska executes inmate using powerful opioid fentanyl," 14 Aug. 2018 After a labored opening 2-1 win over Australia, France coach Didier Deschamps changed to a more resilient, somewhat lopsided formation with Mbappe given freedom to roam and run at defenders from the right flank. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 There were middle-aged men with jiggling potbellies and barrel chested rugby-player types with labored, heavy strides. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's unlikely ultramarathoner helps others cross the finish line," 6 July 2018 With everything else stripped away, the audience can’t help but witness a grimace and hear the labored breathing as the men try to better themselves and their bodies in a variety of ways. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "Six men push their bodies to the limit in lyrical documentary 'A Skin so Soft'," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of labored

1566, in the meaning defined above

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labored

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of labored

: produced or done with great effort
: not having an easy or natural quality

labored

adjective
la·​bored | \ ˈlā-bərd\

Kids Definition of labored

: produced or done with effort or difficulty labored breathing

labored

adjective
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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