- 1Working at an unskilled manual occupation.
- ‘the labouring classes’
- 2Working or moving with difficulty.‘his labouring heart calmed’
- ‘he had to yell to be heard over the sound of the labouring engine’
- 2.1(of a ship) rolling or pitching heavily.
- ‘occasionally the labouring ship spat the caulking from some underwater seam’
- 3(of a woman) in labour; in the process of giving birth.1 2