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

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 But as these commemorations advance these important discussions, another more toilsome question continues to unfold in the background: What will happen to those who actually participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol? Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 8 Jan. 2022 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, 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of toilsome

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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“Toilsome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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