toil·​some | \ ˈtȯi(-ə)l-səm How to pronounce toilsome (audio) \

Definition of toilsome

: marked by or full of toil or fatigue : laborious a toilsome task

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Other Words from toilsome

toilsomely adverb
toilsomeness noun

Examples of toilsome in a Sentence

faced with the toilsome task of cleaning out her deceased father's homestead this is the most toilsome part of the construction, so we'll go slowly to make sure we're doing it right
Recent Examples on the Web Though the third quarter was significantly better for Netflix than its previous quarter, the company signaled that there could be toilsome times ahead. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Recovers From Rocky Second Quarter, Adds 6.8 Million Subscribers," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of toilsome

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toilsome was circa 1570

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“Toilsome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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