laboring oar

noun

Definition of laboring oar

: a part or task requiring greater effort than others the officer who pulls the laboring oar in the club's activities

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of laboring oar

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laboring oar

from laboring, present participle of labor entry 2

Learn More About laboring oar

Time Traveler for laboring oar

Time Traveler

The first known use of laboring oar was in 1709

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near laboring oar

laboringly

laboring oar

labor-intensive

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for laboring oar

Cite this Entry

“Laboring oar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laboring%20oar. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!