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labor

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of labor

  1. 1 a dull, unpleasant, or difficult piece of work one of the labors of Hercules in classical mythology was to clean out the stables of King Augeas Synonyms of labor bear, beast, headache, job, killer, choreWords Related to labor drudgery, grind, heavy lifting, lucubration; effort, strain, sweat; burden, load, weight; bother, nuisance, troubleNear Antonyms of labor breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, kid stuff, setup, snap

  2. 2 the active use of energy in producing a result a superhuman amount of labor must have gone into designing and building the pyramids of Egypt Synonyms of labor elbow grease, exertion, expenditure, effort, pains, sweat, trouble, while, workWords Related to labor drudgery, grind, slog, strain, toil, travail; dint, energy; force, might, muscle, power, puissance; attempt, endeavor, essay, fling, go, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whackNear Antonyms of labor adroitness, ease, facility, fluency, smoothness; dormancy, idleness, inaction, inactivity, indolence, inertia, languor, laziness, quiescence

  3. 3 very hard or unpleasant work a political dissident forced to do six months of hard labor in the salt mines as punishment Synonyms of labor donkeywork, drudge, drudgery, fatigue, grind, toil, moil, slavery, sweat, travailWords Related to labor spadework; effort, exertion, pains, struggle, trouble; chore, duty, job, obligation, responsibility; routine, tedium, treadmillNear Antonyms of labor decompression, ease, leisure, relaxation, repose, rest; amusement, dalliance, diversion, entertainment, recreation, sport; dormancy, idleness, inactivity, inertia, inertness; dallying, goldbricking, loafing, lolling, loungingAntonyms of labor fun, play

  4. 4 the act or process of giving birth to children the mother's labor lasted for six hours Synonyms of labor accouchement, childbearing, delivery, childbirth, parturition, travailWords Related to labor birth pang, contraction, pains; pregnancy; abortion, miscarriage; cesarean section (or caesarean section), natural childbirth; childbed, confinement, lying-in

  5. 5 something produced by physical or intellectual effort a small, personal film that was clearly a labor of love for the director and actors Synonyms of labor affair, fruit, handiwork, product, output, produce, production, thing, work, yieldWords Related to labor article, commodity, entry, object; goods, line, merchandise, wares; handcraft, handicraft; aftereffect, aftermath, conclusion, consequence, corollary, development, effect, issue, outcome, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot; by-product, derivative, offshoot, offspring, outgrowth, residual, side effect (also side reaction), spin-off

Synonym Discussion of labor

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force.
    • too tired to do any work
labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion.
    • farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor
travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering.
    • years of travail were lost when the house burned
toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor.
    • his lot would be years of back-breaking toil
drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor.
    • an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery
grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body.
    • the grind of the assembly line

labor

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of labor

  1. to devote serious and sustained effort he labored most of the day over the difficult legal brief Synonyms of labor bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, endeavor, fag, grub, hump, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, tug, work Words Related to labor apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wade Phrases sweat blood Near Antonyms of labor break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle



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