• WordNet 3.6
    • adj toilsome characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort "worked their arduous way up the mining valley","a grueling campaign","hard labor","heavy work","heavy going","spent many laborious hours on the project","set a punishing pace"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Toilsome toil"sŭm Attended with toil, or fatigue and pain; laborious; wearisome; as, toilsome work. "What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • toilsome Attended with toil; demanding or compelling toil; laborious; fatiguing.
    • toilsome Synonyms Onerous, tedious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Toilsome full of fatigue: wearisome
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  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. touiller, to entangle; of dubious origin—prob., acc. to Skeat, from a freq. form of Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to twitch; cf. Old High Ger. zocchón, to pull, zogón, to tear; all derivatives from Old High Ger. zíhan (Ger. ziehen), to pull.


In literature:

It seemed hard upon my men that, after such a toilsome day, they should be compelled to go to sleep without having had a good meal.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
And the burdensome one is toilsome, while the delightsome one is pleasurable.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
The increase of men is rapid and easy; the increase of food is in comparison, slow, and toilsome.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
Why, thy toilsome journey o'er, Lay'st thou up an useless store?
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
Meanwhile Burgoyne was making a toilsome march toward Fort Edward.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The following morning, the 13th of August, at daybreak, we again commenced our toilsome work.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
But the alternative was so toilsome that we resolved to take the chance.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
You are a ruined man, or you are stricken by a great bereavement, or again, you see the fruit of toilsome years perish before your eyes.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
The panorama comes as the reward of the toilsome climb!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Vast indeed was the area of some of those mission fields, and wretched and toilsome were the methods of travel over them.
"Oowikapun" by Egerton Ryerson Young

In poetry:

Thou art a toilsome mole, or less;
A moving mist;
But life is what none can express:
A quickness which my God hath kissed.
"Quickness" by Henry Vaughan
So grows the work that he began,
Wrought out in slow and toilsome ways,
Yet ever building through the days,
A grander heritage for man.
"The Battle Autumn of 1862" by Kate Seymour Maclean
O let me think how Thou didst leave
Untasted every pure delight,
To fast, to faint, to watch, to grieve,
The toilsome day, the homeless night.
"How shall I follow Him I serve?" by Josiah Conder
That well of love increas'd each day,
The milk of human kindness flow'd,
And cheer'd the faint ones on their way,
Along a hard and toilsome road.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young
And now, beset with many ills,
A toilsome life I follow;
Compelled to carry from the hills
These logs to the impatient mills
Below there in the hollow.
"Mad River, In The White Mountains" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Why should such thought of home
Drag at my heart to-day?
Why should I longer roam?
Why should I not go home?
Five years of toilsome wanderings
May claim a rest!
"Livingstone's Soliloquy" by John Oxenham

In news:

An open house on Toilsome Lane, East Hampton, last month showcased the designs of Yankee Barn Homes of New Hampshire.
An open house at 53 Toilsome Lane last month allowed the community an intimate look at the work of Yankee Barn Homes, a New Hampshire designer of traditional barn houses, farmhouses, carriage houses, and cottages.
Thunder Mountain's Maddie Hall was the top female finisher in 20:49 and the Falcons' Stephen Ringle was 23rd for males with a 21:32 at the recent Treadwell Toilsome Twosome.
An Artist's Life: Tough, Toilsome And Tiring Times.
Thunder Mountain's Maddie Hall was the top female finisher in 20:49 and the Falcons' Stephen Ringle was 23rd for males with a 21:32 at the recent Treadwell Toilsome Twosome .
However, the process doesn't have to be toilsome.