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Herculean, abstruse, arduous, backbreaking, brutal, burdensome, complex, critical, crushing, delicate, demanding, difficile, difficult, draining, effortful, enervating, exacting, exhausting, fatiguesome, fatiguing, forced, formidable, grueling, hairy, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, heavy, hefty, intricate, jawbreaking, killing, knotted, knotty, labored, laborious, mean, no picnic, not easy, onerous, operose, oppressive, painful, punishing, rigorous, rough, rugged, set with thorns, severe, spiny, steep, strained, straining, strenuous, stressful, thorny, ticklish, tiresome, tiring, tough, tricky, troublesome, trying, uphill, weariful, wearing, wearisome, wearying, wicked

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  • Toilsome — Toil some (toil s[u^]m), a. Attended with toil, or fatigue and pain; laborious; wearisome; as, toilsome work. [1913 Webster] What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks? Milton. [1913 Webster] {Toil some*ly}, adv. {Toil some*ness}, n. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toilsome — index onerous, operose, oppressive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • toilsome — (adj.) 1580s, from TOIL (Cf. toil) + SOME (Cf. some). An earlier word was toilous (early 15c.). The opposite, toilless (c.1600) is much less common …   Etymology dictionary

  • toilsome — [adj] laborious arduous, backbreaking, burdensome, demanding, difficult, exhausting, hard, labored, onerous, operose, rough, strenuous, taxing, tiresome, uphill*; concept 538 …   New thesaurus

  • toilsome — [toil′səm] adj. [see SOME1] requiring or involving toil; laborious toilsomely adv. toilsomeness n …   English World dictionary

  • toilsome — adjective Date: 1575 marked by or full of toil or fatigue ; laborious < a toilsome journey > • toilsomely adverb • toilsomeness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • toilsome — toilsomely, adv. toilsomeness, n. /toyl seuhm/, adj. characterized by or involving toil; laborious or fatiguing. [1575 85; TOIL1 + SOME1] Syn. wearisome, arduous, strenuous, tiring. * * * …   Universalium

  • toilsome — adjective requiring continuous physical effort; laborious …   Wiktionary

  • toilsome — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Difficult] Syn. laborious, strenuous, hard; see difficult 1 . 2. [Dull] Syn. tedious, boring, wearisome; see dull 4 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. laborious, hard, arduous, difficult, backbreaking, strenuous,… …   English dictionary for students

  • toilsome — adj. tiring, laborious …   English contemporary dictionary

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