Meaning of labouring in English:


Pronunciation /ˈleɪb(ə)rɪŋ/


  • 1Working at an unskilled manual occupation.

    • ‘the labouring classes’
  • 2Working or moving with difficulty.

    ‘his labouring heart calmed’
    • ‘he had to yell to be heard over the sound of the labouring engine’
    1. 2.1(of a ship) rolling or pitching heavily.
      • ‘occasionally the labouring ship spat the caulking from some underwater seam’
  • 3(of a woman) in labour; in the process of giving birth.

    • ‘labouring women can use a flannel or a spray of water to cool themselves down’