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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bur-dn-suh m]
    • /ˈbɜr dn səm/
    • /ˈbɜː.dən.səm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bur-dn-suh m]
    • /ˈbɜr dn səm/

Definitions of burdensome word

  • adjective burdensome If you describe something as burdensome, you mean it is worrying or hard to deal with. 3
  • adjective burdensome hard to bear; onerous 3
  • adjective burdensome hard to bear; heavy; oppressive 3
  • adjective burdensome oppressively heavy; onerous. 1
  • adjective burdensome distressing; troublesome. 1
  • adjective burdensome Nautical. having a full hull form, as a merchant vessel built for capacity rather than speed. 1

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Origin of burdensome

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
First recorded in 1570-80; burden1 + -some1

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Parts of speech for Burdensome


burdensome popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for burdensome

adj burdensome

  • onerous — burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; causing hardship: onerous duties.
  • taxing — wearingly burdensome: the day-to-day, taxing duties of a supervisor.
  • demanding — A demanding job or task requires a lot of your time, energy, or attention.
  • oppressive — burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical: an oppressive king; oppressive laws.
  • difficult — not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed successfully; hard: a difficult job.

Antonyms for burdensome

adj burdensome

  • trivial — of very little importance or value; insignificant: Don't bother me with trivial matters.
  • helpful — giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service: Your comments were very helpful.
  • easy — not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort: a book that is easy to read; an easy victory.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • aiding — to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.

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