The definition of a burden is something carried, a worry or sadness, or a responsibility.(noun)
Burden is defined as making heavy with a load or with emotion.(verb)
See burden in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME birthen < OE byrthen, akin to ON byrthr, a load: for IE base see bear
Origin: ME burdoun, bass in music, refrain < OFr bourdon, a humming, buzzing < ML burdo, wind instrument, bumblebee; of echoic orig.
See burden in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English byrthen; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Variant of bourdon.
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