burthensome

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

burthen +‎ -some

Adjective[edit]

burthensome (not comparable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of burdensome.
    • 1662, J.T., “Grim the Collier of Croyden”, in A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VIII (4th edition)[1]:
      All ye that, as I do, have felt this smart, Ye know how burthensome 'tis at my heart.
    • 1889, Charlotte M. Yonge, A Reputed Changeling[2]:
      "I can, madam, but I do not love one," said Anne, thinking of her most burthensome one.
    • 1890, John Richard Green, History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)[3]:
      A labour-rent thus became more difficult to enforce, while the increase of wealth among the tenantry and the rise of a new spirit of independence made it more burthensome to those who rendered it.