What does operose mean?

Definitions for operose
ˈɒp əˌroʊsoper·ose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsomeadjective

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"


  1. operoseadjective

    Wrought with labor; requiring labor; hence, tedious; wearisome.

  2. Etymology: From operosus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Operoseadjective

    Laborious; full of trouble and tediousness.

    Etymology: operosus, Latin.

    Such an explication is purely imaginary, and also very operose, and would affect a great part of the universe; they would be as hard put to it to get rid of this water, when the deluge was to cease, as they were at first to procure it. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Written language, as it is more operous, so it is more digested, and is permanent. William Holder.


  1. operose

    Operose refers to something that requires or involves large amounts of effort or hard work. It is often used to describe tasks or projects that are strenuous, laborious, or time-consuming.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Operose

    op′ėr-ōz, adj. laborious: tedious.—adv. Op′erosely.—ns. Op′eroseness, Operos′ity.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of operose in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of operose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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