Definition of Belabor

1. Verb. To work at or to absurd length. "Belabor the obvious"

Exact synonyms: Belabour
Generic synonyms: Work At, Work On



2. Verb. Attack verbally with harsh criticism. "She was belabored by her fellow students"
Exact synonyms: Belabour
Generic synonyms: Criticise, Criticize, Knock, Pick Apart

3. Verb. Beat soundly.
Exact synonyms: Belabour
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Up, Work Over

Definition of Belabor

1. v. t. To ply diligently; to work carefully upon.

Definition of Belabor

1. Verb. (American English) (alternative spelling of belabour) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Belabor

1. to discuss for an absurd amount of time [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Belabor

beknot
beknots
beknotted
beknotting
beknow
beknowing
beknowledge
beknown
beks
bektashi
bel-accoyle
bel canto
bel esprit
bel paese
belabor (current term)
belabored
belaboredly
belaborer
belaboring
belabors
belabour
belabour'd
belaboured
belabouredly
belabourer
belabouring
belabours
belace
belaced

Literary usage of Belabor

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1. The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Literature by Rufus Edmonds Shapley (1892)
"... for the knave knew very well how to play hia part. angel ; and, did he not buffet and belabor himself, he would be a very saint for gentleness. ..."

2. American Painters: With One Hundred and Four Examples of Their Work Engraved by George William Sheldon (1880)
"And it is something to say of any artist who has been in Europe that not one of the misfortunes that belabor and occasionally swamp his fellows has ..."

3. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule, George Holmes Howison (1891)
"Pelt, va I. Strike {with something thrown), beat, batter, assail with missiles, belabor. 3. Throw, cast, hurl. PA И*"'» Shi«.d-shaped. Peltry, n. ..."

4. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"If you are looking for a reason to choose between labor and belabor there are these facts: labor is older ... belabor carries the connotation of its primary ..."

5. English Synonyms and Antonyms: With Notes on the Correct Use of Prepositions by James Champlin Fernald (1914)
"Others of the above words describe the manner of beating, as bastinado, to beat on the soles of the feet; belabor, to inflict a comprehensive and exhaustive ..."

6. A History of New York: From the Beginning of the World to the End of the by Washington Irving (1868)
"Never was there a general, an admiral, or any other commander, who, in giving account of any battle he had fought, did not sorely belabor the enemy; ..."

7. First Fam'lies of the Sierras by Joaquin Miller (1876)
"At best we have to belabor the old earth ; beat her to make her give us bread. ... The little thin hands clasped and lifted as if in prayer» " belabor my ..."

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