operose

adjective
op·​er·​ose | \ ˈä-pə-ˌrōs How to pronounce operose (audio) \

Definition of operose

Other Words from operose

operosely adverb
operoseness noun

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Operose comes from the Latin operōsus, which has the meaning of "diligent," "painstaking" or "laborious." That word combines opera, meaning "activity," "effort," or "work," with -ōsus—the Latin equivalent of the English -ose and -ous suffixes, meaning "full of" or "abounding in." In its earliest uses, in the mid-16th century, the word was used to describe people who are industrious or painstaking in their efforts. About a century later, the word was being applied as it more commonly is today: as an adjective describing tasks and undertakings requiring much time and effort.

First Known Use of operose

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for operose

borrowed from Latin operōsus "diligent, painstaking, laborious," from opera "activity, effort, work" + -ōsus -ose entry 1 — more at opera entry 2

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14 Dec 2021

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“Operose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operose. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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