- 1889, Charlotte M. Yonge, A Reputed Changeling:
- "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):
- 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.
burthen + -some