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regional note: in BRIT, use laboured
If someone's breathing is labored, it is slow and seems to take a lot of effort. ⇒ She could hear Max's harsh, labored breathing.
If something such as someone's writing or speech is labored, they have put too much effort into it so it seems awkward and unnatural. ⇒ ...his characters' labored musings about love and death and morality.