• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Laborsome (Naut) Likely or inclined to roll or pitch, as a ship in a heavy sea; having a tendency to labor.
    • Laborsome Made with, or requiring, great labor, pains, or diligence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • laborsome Made with great labor and diligence.
    • laborsome Apt to labor or to pitch and roll, as a ship in a heavy sea.
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In literature:

Helen could barely get her breath and she panted as if she had just climbed a laborsome hill.
"The Man of the Forest" by Zane Grey
The ride there was laborsome and it took time, but Neale scarcely noted either fact.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
The start of a camping trip, the getting a big outfit together and packed, and on the move, is always a difficult and laborsome job.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
Slaves were to do "all laborsome toil," "drudging," and "base business.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner