Definition of laboured adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English labored) adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪbərd//
    Describing a story
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  1. 1(of breathing) slow and taking a lot of effort Her breathing became more and more laboured.
  2. 2(of writing, speaking, etc.) not natural and seeming to take a lot of effort The movie looks laboured and slow by today’s standards. See related entries: Describing a story

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